While we’ve tried to note some of the most commonly asked questions we receive, this is not an exhaustive list. If your query has not been answered, please contact our Helpline on 01273 823850 or e-mail us at info@noise-abatement.org All calls to the Noise Abatement Society may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

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Neighbour noise

Q: My neighbour insists on doing DIY all weekend. What can I do?

Q: How loud can I play my music in my own home?

Q: I play a musical instrument, when am I allowed to practise?

Q: My neighbour keeps having parties and plays loud music until 4 or 5 in the morning. What time can I get them to turn it off?

Q: I live in a flat and my upstairs neighbour has recently installed laminate flooring. I can hear every move they make. Anything I can do?

Noise Insulation

Q: It is possible to insulate cavity walls which divide adjoining residential properties to reduce noise transmission

Intruder Alarms

Q: How can I ensure my alarm doesn't cause a nuisance?

Q: Can a car alarm be considered a noise nuisance?


Q: I’m at the end of my tether with my noisy neighbours. What is mediation and how does it work?


Q: Noisy firework displays seem to go on for hours these days, are there any regulations in place to control them?

Moving home

Q: Do I need to mention my noisy neighbours when I sell my home?

Building works

Q: Building work is waking me up in the morning. What can I do?

Noise at work

Q: I find the noise at work intolerable. What can I do?

Traffic Noise

Q: What can I do about noise from road vehicles where I live?

Q: What can I do about the from noise Reversing alarms?

Property value

Q: My property has plummeted in value since they built a by-pass nearby. What can I do?

Aircraft Noise

Q: What can I do about commercial aircraft? flying over my house?

Q: What can I do about Light aircraft flying over my house?

Q: I suffer from noise from military aircraft. Who can I complain to?

Low frequency noise

Q: What can I do about low frequency noise?

Escalating noise complaints nationally

Q: I feel my noise issue is of national concern. How would I bring it to the attention of the government?

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