Officers should understand how to assess and regulate noise from a wide range of sources, particularly in relation to the prevention and abatement of statutory nuisances and the application of the Noise Act 1996.

Core Learning Resources

1) Neighbourhood

 Managing Noise and Other Nuisances in the Local Environment


 Neighbourhood Noise Policies and Practice for Local Authorities:

A management guide

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), 2006

Clarifies the local authority noise management framework and includes a summary of technical standards



See in particular:

  • Clay Target Shooting: Guidance on the Control of Noise, 2003
  • Noise Council Code of Practice on Environmental Noise at Concerts, 1995
  • Noise Council Code of Practice on Organised Off-road Motor Cycle Sport, 1994


Guidance on sections 61 to 81 and section 86 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

Defra (archived), 2006

 Code of Practice on Noise from Ice Cream Chimes

Defra, 2013

 Wind Farm Noise Statutory Nuisance Complaint Methodology

Defra, 2011

 Code of Practice on Noise from Model Aircraft

Defra, 1982

 Code of Practice on Noise from Audible Intruder Alarms

Defra, 1982

2) Industrial

 Environmental Permitting:

General guidance manual on policy and procedures for A2 and B installations

Defra, 2012 (revised)

This statutory guidance to local authority regulators is a one-stop practical manual. Chapter 16 covers noise and vibration. The web page also lists guidance notes that should be treated as primary reference documents for determining Best Available Techniques for permitting purposes

 Guidance on the Control of Odour and Noise from Kitchen Exhaust Systems

Defra, 2005


British Standards Institution

See in particular:

  • BS 4142: 1997 – Method for rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial areas

3) Construction


British Standards Institution

See in particular:

  • BS 5228-1: 2009 and BS 5228-2: 2009 – Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites

4) Licensed Premises

 Amended Guidance Issued Under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003

Home Office, 2012

 Guidance to Local Authorities in England:

Noise Act offence for licensed premises

Defra (archived), 2006

5) Miscellaneous

 Current Noise Legislation: Summary of the Powers in England

CIEH, 2012

 Horizontal Guidance for Noise Part 2: Noise Assessment and Control

Environment Agency, 2002

Useful background on the physics, measurement and evaluation of noise, and noise control techniques and technologies

 Procedure for the Assessment of Low Frequency Noise

Defra, 2011


Measuring Devices (Noise Act 1996) (England) Approval 2008 and Permitted Level of Noise (England) Directions 2008

Defra, 2008 (archived)

 Noise and Nuisance

Welsh Government

Training Courses

 Education and Training

Institute of Acoustics

 Local Authorities

Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre

Further Reading

 Environmental Permitting Guidance: Statutory Nuisance

Defra, 2011

 Controlling Noise at Work

Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 2005

 Sound Advice: Control of Noise at Work in Music and Entertainment

HSE, 2008

 Noise Research

Defra (archived)

Other Information

 Institute of Acoustics

Professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. Publications include good practice guides on the control of noise from pubs and clubs, and the use of instrumentation to measure vibration affecting people.