Noise that is unreasonable or excessive is considered a noise nuisance. Noise is part of our daily lives and a degree of tolerance is expected.
The following factors are considered to determine if noise is unreasonable or excessive:
-Time of day
-Volume of the noise
-Persistence of the noise
-Source/cause of the noise
-Ability for the sound to be controlled
Noise as a result of day to day activity such as flushing toilets, children playing, washing machines, vacuums, lawnmowers, doors and cupboards closing, cannot generally be considered a noise nuisance, unless they are happening at unreasonable times, for example in the middle of the night so as to disturb sleep.
No mechanical equipment should be used before 8am in residential areas.
To be a nuisance, noise must be causing substantial and unreasonable interference in your home on a regular basis. Faulty burglar alarms or excessively loud music/television are examples of noise nuisance.
Noise that happens during the day:
Contact Leeds anti-social behaviour team to report noise nuisance from domestic properties. Use the Report noise nuisance form or call us on 0113 222 4402, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you rent your home privately, you need to report the problems to your landlord. If you rent from the council, you can report this to Housing Leeds on 0800 188 4000 or 0113 376 0410.
Noise that happens at night or at weekends/bank holidays:
If the problem is noise outside of office hours, please ring 0113 395 0143. This is available from 6pm to 3:30am.
The council operates a night-time response service in partnership with West Yorkshire Police.
Noise at night-time should only be reported when the noise is occurring. If the noise stops before the team attends, please ring back to cancel the request.
The team aim to call customers back to check the noise is still ongoing and gather more
information before attending. The service availability is subject to demand and although they may not be able to stop the noise for you, they may provide further evidence to back up your allegations.
Keep a diary of the nuisance. There are five basic questions we need you to answer when you report a noise nuisance:
Is the problem in your home, outside your home, or somewhere else? Be as specific about the location as you can.
When does the nuisance occur? Is it at night or early hours of the morning? Provide dates and times for each incident.
Is the person or are the people involved known to you? Can you describe them?
Could there be a reason you are being targeted? Is it an issue that is affecting anyone else?
What is the nuisance behaviour?