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Information on Noise and Vibration

Noise is a common source of nuisance and can be very upsetting. The Environmental Health Section investigate complaints and can use enforcement powers in some cases to try to help.

Neighbour Noise

With the introduction of the Anti Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004, local authorities have additional powers to deal with noisy neighbours.  Officers from the Council have powers to serve Warning Notices or Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) on neighbours who persistently exceed the acceptable noise levels.  The powers are most likely to be used in relation to loud music or from televisions and persistent DIY, but can in certain circumstances be used for barking dogs.

Permitted Noise Levels

There are three new permitted noise levels:

Time of day

Specific hours of day

Noise level

Daytime

07:00 - 19:00
(7.00am - 7.00pm)

LAeq 41dB

Evening

19:00 - 23:00
(7.00pm - 11.00pm)

LAeq  37dB

Night

23:00 - 07:00
(11.00pm - 7.00am)

LAeq 31dB

Construction Noise

Unwanted sound can have a significant impact upon environmental quality, public health and amenity. This supplementary planning guidance is to provide developers with information on dealing with the planning process where noise sensitive developments are planned near to existing noise sources, or where potentially noisy developments are introduced into existing noise sensitive areas.

Noise and Planning Guidance for Developers