All of us are sometimes irritated by
noise - usually other people’s noise. It can annoy us, disturb our
peace and quiet, and even our sleep.
- Noise can cause problems
depending on how loud it is, how long it lasts, how often and when
it can be heard.
- All of us make noise from
time to time which affects other people, and a lot of this noise
can be avoided.
Loud noise from a radio, TV or stereo
is one of the most frequent complaints we receive. One person’s
pleasure can be someone else’s torture.
Keeping the noise down
To avoid causing annoyance - or worse, follow these simple
- Keep the volume down - whether it’s
TV, car stereo or home stereo - particularly in the evening and
late at night.
- Place speakers away from partition
walls, floors or ceilings. Standing these on an insulating material
such as thick rubber or foam can reduce transmission of
- When playing music, consider using
headphones or listen to the music on a personal cd or mp3
- When you are not using headphones to
listen to music, make sure the bass control is set at a low level.
The ‘bass beat’ can be particularly irritating.
- If you are playing music outside
keep it to a level that cannot be heard by your own
- When playing music or listening to
the radio in your car, make sure you keep the volume down and the
- If you play a musical instrument
make sure you keep the volume down and the windows shut. Agree
times to practice with your neighbours when you will cause least
disturbance. If you use an amplifier, turn the volume down or, even
better, use personal headphones.
- If you are having a party, consider
inviting the neighbours. Keep windows and doors closed, and if
someone complains, turn it down.
- Everyone expects to be able to sleep
without being disturbed by noise. If you continue to play music or
watch TV after 11.00pm it should not be heard in other people’s
What to do if you are
disturbed by loud music, TV etc
Noise only becomes a problem when it
is very loud, goes on for long periods, or is happening at
unreasonable times, such as in the middle of the night.
In most cases, the best way to deal with the problem is
to speak to the person making the noise and make them aware of how
it is affecting you.If approaching the person doesn’t resolve the
matter, then contact us.
Remember, always keep a note of when
and how you’re affected by the noise. We can often make use of this
evidence if you can’t resolve the problem through speaking to the
You can contact us by any of the
We have also produced a handy leaflet
explaining about this problem. Click on the image
(right) and it will open in a new window.
To report a noisy neighbour please complete our online reporting
If you have any specific concerns regarding noise pollution in
South Staffordshire, please contact a member of staff using the
Environmental Protection Services
South Staffordshire Council
To contact a member of staff by telephone or email, please see
the details below. You can also make a general complaint regarding
noise through the Pollution Complaint
We have adopted a set of standards for the provision of this
service. You can find out more about these service standards by
following the link below.
a Noisy Neighbour
Pollution Complaint Form
PDF Document: Loud Music
There are no associated costs for
requesting information or making a complaint regarding noise
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