How do you deal with noisy neighbours?
Unreasonable noise can be a nuisance at any time of the day or night. The council has powers to deal with unreasonable noise levels from loud music, parties, construction works or car and house alarms. The law enables local authorities to take action against those who cause a noise nuisance, which can result in a fine and confiscation of any equipment causing the noise.
Everyone is entitled to reasonable enjoyment of their home and garden.
■to have an undisturbed nights sleep from noise
■to be protected from significant loss of amenity due to noise
■not to hear someone else’s excessive noise in their property on a regular basis
Steps to take
1) Try and solve the problem with your neighbour in a friendly way, without involving the local authority in the first instance. Often or not, your neighbours won't know they are causing a nuisance and will probably be more considerate in future.
Never approach your neighbour when the noise is actually happening. You are more likely to be angry and have an argument with them.
2) If talking to your neighbour directly doesn't work, then the next step is to try mediation. Most local authorities will be able to provide a free mediation service between yourself (anonymously) and your neighbour, where a neutral party will come round and look to negotiate a peaceful settlement.
3) If all reasonable steps have been taken to sort the matter out privately and have failed, the next option is to contact the Environmental Health department in your local authority. By law, the local authorities have a duty to deal with any noise that they consider to be what's known as a 'statutory nuisance'.
4) If the local authority decides not to intervene, or for whatever reason you do not wish to involve them, you can take your case to a Magistrate's Court. You must have already taken steps to deal with the matter privately before you can bring it to court.
More information at Direct.gov.uk.
You can report excessive noise by contacting Barnet Council 020 8359 7995 during normal working hours and or 020 8359 2000 During the following times:
Wednesday 20.00 hours to Thursday 01.00 hours
Friday 20:00 hours to Saturday 04:00 hours
Saturday 10:00 hours - Sunday 04:00 hours
Sunday 10:00 hours - Monday 03:00 hours
Officers on patrol will not receive this form out of working hours. To commence a noise complaint, please visit the following webpage.