A distinction needs to be made between noise from construction sites and noise from DIY activities in the home. The working hours imposed on building sites would not normally be applicable to home DIY jobs. This is because people can often only undertake DIY work in the evenings and at weekends. However,this does not give people permission to annoy neighbours at all hours of the day and night! We all have to be reasonable to live together.

Disturbance from DIY building and decorating can be minimised by keeping noisy activities to reasonable hours and by thinking about what type of activity you are doing. We define "noisy activities" as:

Sensible precautions can be taken to minimise complaints from neighbours. If you are undertaking DIY activities that are likely to generate some noise the following advice may be helpful:

Complaints to the Environmental Protection Team can be made about noise from DIY work. Initially they will attempt to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement informally between neighbours. Where work is being carried out unreasonably we can use our noise nuisance powers to minimise (but not stop) disturbance.

Reporting noise problems

Noise pollution phone contacts

Office hours number: 01327 322323
Out of office hours number: 0800 160 1022

Contact details

Environmental Protection Team
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01327 322323

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