Greenwich

Noise from residential parties

Have a party at home responsibly

A party can be an enjoyable celebration, or it can be a serious nuisance to the whole neighbourhood. Nobody objects if a party is well-organised and well-run. Sadly, it seems that the nuisance caused by noisy and frequent parties is increasing and all-nighters are more common. Modern sound systems mean that one noisy party can annoy a lot of people but a number of steps can be taken to avoid upsetting your neighbours.

Be considerate

  • Tell your neighbours in advance.
  • Let your neighbours know what time you'll finish.
  • Go outside from time to time to check the noise level.
  • Position the speakers away from the wall between you and your neighbour, and avoid standing them on the floor if people are living below you.
  • Keep windows closed if possible.
  • Don't let your party flow into the balcony or onto the street.
  • Know your guests and make sure you can trust them to enjoy themselves responsibly without causing disturbance to others.
  • Have guests leave quietly.

Further information is available in the 'Enjoying the party' leaflet.

Download 'Enjoying the party' leaflet

Serious noise nuisance

The Courts can impose a maximum fine of £5,000 for serious noise nuisance. In some cases, the Council and the Police have got together and taken away people's stereo systems on the night.

Report a noise nuisance