Being a good neighbour
There are no specific levels at which anyone can play music or generate noise. Things to consider are:
- How loud the noise is. If it can be clearly heard outside of your property or through an adjoining wall, then it is probably too loud and may become a nuisance.
- The time of day or night. If the noise is occurring during the middle of the night then it is more likely to cause a disturbance than if the same noise was occurring during the day.
- The duration and frequency. If the noise is happening on a regular basis it will be more likely to cause disturbance.
- The nature of the music. Some types of music and systems can produce very high bass levels. This low frequency noise can travel further distances, particularly through walls, causing a lot of disturbance due to its 'thudding' nature.
Being considerate to others
Here are some tips to help you be a good neighbour:
- Music - Keep the volume as low as possible, especially at night, and consider using headphones. Ensure the bass is controlled.
- DIY - Limit the use of noisier operations to the day and let your neighbours know beforehand if you are carrying out such work.
- Alarms - Ensure burglar alarms are fitted with a 20 minute cut-off device and the names of two key-holders are lodged with the police.
- Parties - Keep music turned down, go home quietly and ensure the neighbours are aware beforehand that you are having a party.
- Dogs - Don't let your dog bark or whine for long periods. Check with your neighbours whether it is causing a problem or not.
- Cars - Don't rev the engine excessively, only use the horn for emergencies and ensure music levels are kept down.
- Domestic appliances - Keep washing machines away from party walls and place them on carpet/rubber mats to reduce vibration.
- Lawn mowers - Mow the lawn and use garden power tools at a reasonable time - not early mornings or late at night.
- TV - Keep the volume at a level that you can hear comfortably but which cannot be heard in the adjacent property.
- Children - If children are playing outside, ensure they are considerate to other neighbours, especially when throwing/kicking balls.