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Environmental Protection and Monitoring
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 304147
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01752 226314


Noise pollution


What is noise?

Noise is normally thought of as unwanted sound. A sound which one person finds enjoyable, such as music, could be very annoying to another person who does not want to hear it. Particularly if the noise is too loud, too intrusive, happening at the wrong time of day or because it occurs suddenly or unexpectedly.

We aim to tackle unreasonable noise disturbance and to reduce the impact it has on the quality of people's lives by taking action if the noise is a statutory nuisance.

When is noise nuisance a statutory nuisance?

For noise to be a statutory noise nuisance it must be a significant or unreasonable emission of noise that significantly interferes with the use and enjoyment of your home.

Several factors determine whether noise is a statutory noise nuisance, such as:

  • The time of day the noise occurs
  • How loud the noise is
  • How long the noise lasts
  • The character of the noise, such as bass beat or high pitched
  • How often the noise occurs
  • Your location

There are some types of noise that cannot be considered a statutory nuisance, for more information about which noise can be dealt with and which cannot please see the pages to the left of this screen.

In some cases, the noise may be part of another problem such as anti-social behaviour. If we believe that matters of anti-social behaviour are occurring, then details will be passed to the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and joint action can be taken. For more information see our anti-social behaviour noise pages.

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