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Noise reduction - top tips

We can all do our bit in helping to reduce noise nuisance to others and be a good neighbour.

Shouting neighbours over fence

Anti-social issues that affect residents where they live such as noisy or inconsiderate neighbours can have a huge impact on residents' lives.

Differences in behaviour and lifestyle are fine and are usually due to differences in age, disability, family size, cultural or religious reasons. The key to being a good neighbour is to recognise these differences and to show a degree of tolerance and mutual respect towards each other.

Remember - you are responsible for your behaviour, the behaviour of anyone who lives with you or visitors as well as being responsible for controlling any pets you have.

Household equipment and furnishings

  • Try to site washing machines, dish washers away from partition walls or place them on a carpet or rubber mat to reduce vibration.
  • Consider fitting carpets over floorboards and curtains on windows to reduce everyday noise in your home.

TV and music

  • Try to move your TV and stereo away from your neighbours' walls. If you live in a flat with a neighbour beneath you, raise your TV and stereo off the floor if possible.
  • Try to always keep your TV, radio and music volume as low as possible, especially late at night.
  • Set your hi-fi bass control at a low level - if you like your music loud, use headphones.
  • Playing musical instruments - practice at a reasonable time, not early morning or late evening or night when the noise could be most annoying.
  • Try to carry out unavoidable noisy activities in sociable hours
  • Warn your neighbours if you are going to have a party.

DIY and other household duties

  • Warn your neighbours if you are doing noisy or dusty DIY.
  • When doing DIY, try and make sure you carry out the noisiest jobs during the day. Keep the evening for quieter work such as painting and decorating.
  • Mowing the lawn or using power tools are be used at a reasonable time - not early morning or late evening when the noise could be most annoying.
  • If you own a dog, train it not to bark unnecessarily. Never leave your dog alone for long periods - ask a friend to exercise it during your absence. In law a barking dog can be a noise nuisance and you could be prosecuted if you do nothing to stop it. Speak to The Animal Control Unit for advice.

Cars and motorcycles

  • Loud car music - keep the windows closed so as not to annoy others.
  • When driving your car or motorcycle driver, always drive quietly in built up areas.
  • Try not to drive and brake fiercely in residential areas.
  • Try to avoid revving your car or motorcycle unnecessarily.
  • Only use your horn in an emergency. Remember, it is illegal to sound a car horn between the hours of 11.30pm and 7am and anytime when the vehicle is stationary unless it is an emergency.
  • Using a taxi or minicab early mornings or late nights - ask the driver ask the driver to knock on your door or phone beforehand rather than sounding the horn.
  • House/car alarms - appoint a key holder who can be contacted if it goes off while you're away.


  • If a neighbour is creating a noise try talking to them and politely explaining the problem.
  • People are often very happy to reduce the noise once they realise it is causing others a problem.
  • Conversely, people usually feel less disturbed by nuisance noise if they feel they have some control over it.
  • If talking to your neighbours doesn't work and the noise persists you could try involving a mediation service, which may help sort out your differences without having to go to court.

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