Noise is unwanted sound. Sound is essential to our daily lives, but noise is not. Officers of the Environmental Protection Unit investigate a range of noise complaints associated with the generation of noise from the following, sources such as:
- Commercial e.g. fans, air conditioning
- Industrial e.g. turbines, steam generators etc.
- Pubs and Clubs e.g. music entertainment, disco, karaoke music
- Construction Site Noise
Neighbourhood noise such as DIY or barking dogs are dealt with by the Housing Enforcement and Pest Control section of this Department.
The Public Health Act 1990 contains provision for the control of noise arising from premises. An environmental health officer will make an assessment on whether there are grounds for further investigations. This may involve night time site visits to your premises to witness the alleged disturbance.
Initially you are advised to maintain a written log detailing the time of day, duration and impact the noise disturbance has on the occupation of your home. Download the Noise Investigation Diary Form in PDF format from the document table at the bottom of the page.This will assist an experienced officer in making a proper assessment of the noise.
Under statutory nuisance provisions, a Noise Abatement Notice may be served upon a person responsible for causing an alleged noise nuisance. Once a Notice is served, the person MUST take specific steps to abate the alleged nuisance or face formal proceedings in a Court of Summary Jurisdiction.
For further information, please contact Simon.Renton@gov.im, or telephone: 01624 685892.
Construction Site Noise is primarily controlled through applying standard hours of work during which normal noisy site activities are permitted. Standard hours of work include:
- 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours Monday to Friday
- 08:00 hours to 14:00 hours Saturday.
Should you experience noise causing disturbance to you in your home as a result of construction or development activities (including road works) please contact Simon.Renton@gov.im, or telephone 01624 685892 for further information or advice.
The regulation of development activities through the planning system often requires an assessment of noise. Should you require any assistance or advice in respect of noise and planning, please contact Simon.Renton@gov.im, or telephone 01624 685892.
The Department does have a planning and noise policy guidance note. This can be downloaded from the document table at the bottom of the page.