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.
- 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.
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.