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Noise information

Information on noise complaints we can investigate


Loud music and parties

We are unable to take action against one off parties as we need sufficient evidence to serve a legal notice.

If a neighbour is having regular parties, playing loud music or have a very loud TV and where the noise is coming from is a housing association tenant or  Wiltshire Council housing tenant please contact them as there will be conditions on their tenancy agreement to control noise.

Contact details for Housing Associations can be found here and contact details for the Council's Housing team can be found here.

If the property where the noise is coming from is privately owned or rented.  Complete our noise monitoring form and send it to us for assessment.

General noise
Please note that household noise, for example, shutting doors, walking up and down stairs, children playing, flushing toilets, washing machines and general noise between flats where there is poor insulation or laminated floors have been installed is not actionable under our legal powers. If the property is owned by a Housing Association or Wiltshire Council Housing you can seek advice from them.

If your complaint is in relation to anti-social behaviour such as shouting, arguments, swearing, verbal abuse, the authority has a dedicated anti-social behaviour team.

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Noise from licensed premises

Most pubs and clubs and premises that sell alcohol need to have a license issued by our licensing team.

Many premises have license conditions that allow amplilfied or live music to be played within specific times.

Live amplified music in on-licensed premises authorised and open for the sale of alcohol does not require a licence for audiences up to 500 until 11pm. 

Live unamplified music does not need a licence and there is no audience limit between 8am to 11pm.

If you experiencing noise from licensed premises please complete noise monitoring sheets and return to us as this provides us with evidence and information on how often the music is played.

Fan or air conditioning noise

If you are being regularly impacted by noise from fans or air conditioning units we can investigate provided the noise is audible within your property.  We would recommend contacting the business first to see if they are aware of the problem and if there is anything they can do to deal with the issue.

If the fan is causing a problem at the same time every day for a prolonged period of time eg more than 2hours, please contact us and we will arrange to visit and assess.

If the noise is not regularly for example you don't know when it will be operating please completed noise monitoring sheets. 

Farm noise

Living in a mainly rural area you may hear noise from farms either operating in a farm yard or out in fields. This is not noise we would routinely investigate as often the farmers need to be working late at night to complete work before the weather changes.

If you are being affected by noise that has recently increased for example if you believe that a milking parlour has new equipment which has increased the noise level then we may be able to investigate. Please complete noise monitoring sheets and return to us. 

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If you are being impacted by noise from neighbours carrying out DIY activities we would suggest that if possible you try and talk to your neighbour to advise the noise is causing you a problem and try and agree reasonable hours and times for the work to be carried out.

If the DIY work is continuing for a period of time for example more than a few weeks and is audible within your property then we may be able to take action. Download and complete the noise monitoring sheets and send them to us.

If you are carrying out noisy DIY works outside of the normal construction hours we would recommend, that you consider the time of day you are doing the work, is it reasonable? Could you do this work at a different time? Is there another way of completing the work without causing a noise problem?

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If you are experiencing fan or extraction noise and the noise is constant and continues for long periods for example more than two hours at a time, and your home is being affected we would initially recommend contacting the business to advise them of the issue and asking if there is anything that can be done to reduce or limit the noise.

If this does not work then please contact us and we will arrange to visit your home to assess the noise levels and determine if further action is required.

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Where an alarm from a building or a car is sounding and is audible within your property we can take action. When the alarm is a problem out of normal working hours then we may only be able to take action if we can access the alarm externally on a house.

House alarms should be installed to comply with British Standard 4737 which requires a 20 minute cut off the alarm sounding.

If you are affected by an alarm wait an hour to see if the alarm goes off on its own and if it doesn't then contact us by telephone. We need to know the exact location of where the alarm as we do not have the resources to go looking for the source of the noise.  For car alarms we need details of the type of car and the registration number.

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If you are being affected by noise from dog barking over a prolonged period of time we would suggest that you politely speak to the person who owns the dog to advise that the barking is causing you a problem. It is possible that if the dog is barking when it is left on its own then the owner may not be aware. Advise on how "Constant dog barking can be avoided" can be found in a leaflet here.

If you are unable to deal with noise yourself then you can download and complete noise monitoring sheets. When we receive the completed monitoring sheets, an officer will review the information and then use their professional opinion to determine if the noise is likely to be causing a nuisance.

It is essential for us to be able to deal with barking dogs that you provide us with the address of the property where the noise is coming from.

The dog barking must be causing you an issue within your own property. We are unable to deal with noise from dogs that are barking which you may notice when you are out walking.

When we have recieved completed monitoring sheets with sufficient evidence to indicate a noise problem we will  write to the person with the barking dog.

It can be difficult to substantiate a nuisance from dog barking due to the difficulty in gaining enough evidence; hence we send letters and offer the advice of our dog warden service.

Further information and advice on dog barking can be found on our dog warden web pages.

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Construction sites are often noisy due to the nature of the activity and the machinery used. Site managers and or builders must take best practicable means to limit the disturbance from noise particularly to local residents.

It is recommended that site managers and builders contact local residents if there are particular noisy activities planned and provide a contact number to report noise problems.

We would recommend that noisy construction site activities are undertaken Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm with no working on Sundays and Bank holidays. This does not prevent quiet activities such as painting happening outside of these hours.

If you are being affected by construction noise we would suggest that you try and contact the person responsible to let them know it’s causing an issue. If this fails contact us and we can visit the site and offer advice. If necessary a notice may be served to limit the hours of operation.

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Wiltshire has many different sporting activities that take place, for example motorsports, clay pigeon shooting, horse competitions 

Noise from sporting activities is often controlled and limited thorough planning permission conditions. However not all sporting activities are controlled by planning conditions.  In order for the team to investigate complaints about noise activities please contact us with how it’s affecting your home, the times it happens, and where the noise is coming from.

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Car and Motorbike noise
We are unable to take action against vehicles being started early in the morning or that are particularly noisy. We also don't have powers to control noise from music being played from car stereos in the road. If the noise is from car parks where cars congregate at night, we would recommend contact the land owner, the police and the anti-social behaviour team.
If your home is being impacted by neighbours carrying out repairs on their cars over a long period of time please complete a noise monitoring sheet and send to us. If a neighbour is repairing other people’s car and operating a business then they may require planning permission.
Noise motorbikes and cars are controlled by Wiltshire Police, you will need to know the vehicles registration number to report this.

Ice cream vans
There are various controls for the noise made from the chimes of ice cream vans. The chime should only be played after 12pm and before 7pm and should not cause a reasonable annoyance. If you are affected by the noise from ice cream vans please complete noise monitoring sheets with the registration number of the vehicle. 

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Last updated: 20 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 20 August 2018