frequency of the noise - we need to see how often the noise occurs
duration of noise - we cannot investigate short periods of noise (no matter how often it occurs)
effect of the noise - there must be evidence that the problem is unreasonable and has substantial interference with your life
Once you have done this, you can make a report on the following types of noise:
Barking is a natural behaviour of dogs, so it is quite normal to hear barking in residential areas. However, persistent barking can consitute a statutory noise nuisance.
Before reporting this to us, you must attempt to speak to the owner of the dog to make them aware of the barking and to ask them to change the dog's behaviour. Only report to the council if your contact is unsuccessful.
You must download the
diary sheet (Word doc)[103KB] and complete it for at least 2 weeks to establish a pattern of significant nuisance. Send in the completed diary sheet with your report so that the need for action can be assessed.
Car and house alarms can cause problems, often when the householder is on holiday. To avoid disturbance to the public, all such alarm systems must be fitted with an automatic cut-out device that operates after a period of not more than 20 minutes following activation of the alarm.
Please only report this issue if noise nuisance is persistent and for a prolonged duration that a statutory nuisance may be caused.
Noise from DIY activities can be a disturbance if it is continuous or occuring at unreasonable hours.
DIY covers simple household tasks, such as:
putting up shelves
DIY does not cover larger scale works such as alterations to walls or building an extension (even if the work is carried out by the householder), in which case the hours of work must then be limited to those for larger building works. Read more about reporting noise from construction sites.