Noise from people walking, shutting doors, toilets flushing, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, children playing, babies crying, music, sounds from TV and radio and some DIY are unavoidable when living near other people.
Everyday living noise from neighbouring homes is not anti-social behaviour unless the noise is persistent, unreasonably loud and during unsocial hours.
Most noise problems can be worked out informally between neighbours. If you can, have a friendly face to face conversation and explain the problem.
If you feel uncomfortable talking to your neighbour or if the noise is still disturbing you, report it to us.
Noise from parties
If the party is a one-off event, we will come out and investigate informally the noise after 11pm and if we have received a number of complaints from neighbours.
Having a party or doing noisy work
Consider your neighbours if you are planning a noisy party or doing noisy DIY. Speak to them first, let them know what your plans are.
Before you have a party
- tell your neighbours in advance, including those who back onto your property and those over the road
- let your neighbours know what time you'll finish so they can anticipate an end time
- go outside from time to time to check the noise level and if it’s too loud then turn the volume down
- position speakers away from the wall between you and your neighbour, and avoid standing them on the floor if people are living below you
- keep windows and doors closed whenever possible
- don't let your party flow into the balcony, communal areas or onto the street
- ask your guests leave quietly, not to put the music on in their car too loud and slam their car doors loudly
Before you start your DIY
- give advance warning of any work being carried out to your neighbours so they can be prepared
- do your noisy DIY is carried between hours:
Monday- Friday, 8am- 8pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am-4pm