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Noise & Control of Noise

Noise Regulations 1994 (S.I. 179) implemented Section 108 of the EPA Act 1992, and was designed to simplify and strengthen the procedures for dealing with noise nuisance.

These regulations allow any person to make a complaint to the District Court “where any noise is so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such duration or pitch or occurring at such times as to give reasonable cause or annoyance to a person in any premises in the neighbourhood, or to a person lawfully using any public place”.

If you are being aggrieved by a noise nuisance (e.g. loud music in a neighbouring house at unsociable hours etc.), then you can have the matter referred for hearing by a judge in the District Court.

If pursuing a noise complaint in this manner contact the District Court Offices in Clonmel or Nenagh (see below*) and inform the District Court Clerk that you want to pursue a noise complaint under the EPA Noise Regulations 1994.

The District Court Offices contact details:

  • Clonmel: District Court Office, Courthouse, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
    Tel 052-6129220
    Email: ClonmelDC@Courts.ie
  • Nenagh: District Court Office, The Courthouse, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
    Tel: 067-31319
    Email: nenaghDC@courts.ie

On being contacted by a complainant the District Court Offices will:

  1. Take the complaint details.
  2. Arrange for the necessary paper work to be taken care of (there is a small fee charged of approx €7, confirm with District Court Clerk).
  3. Inform both the complainant and the person or body making the noise, of the date, time and location of the court hearing.
  4. On the appointed court date:

  • The judge will hear both sides of the case, and decide on appropriate measures to be taken (impose court order etc.).
  • There is no requirement to be represented in Court by a solicitor.
  • Where the court finds in favour of the complainant it can order the person or body making the noise to reduce it to a specific level, to limit it e.g. to specified times, or to stop it altogether.

Pursuing a Noise Complaint:
If you wish to make a complaint about noise or other nuisance to Tipperary County Council please click this link to access the complaint form

Barking dogs:
Excessive dog barking that causes a nuisance is an offence. The District Court can make an order requiring the reduction of excessive barking by a dog, can limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a premises or can direct that a dog be delivered to a dog warden as an unwanted dog.

You can make a complaint about excessive barking to the District Court. Before you do this, you must first inform the dog owner of your intention by completing the Notice of Intention Form below.

Other Information:
The EPA website has comprehensive information on Noise issues and how to deal with various noise related problems.

The Department of the Environment has issued a self-explanatory leaflet entitled ‘A Guide to the Noise Regulations’ which outlines the steps to be taken where a person is experiencing nuisance caused by noise.

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There is a very loud noise in my neighbourhood which is very annoying can you do something about it or advise me. What action can I take?

There are a number of steps open to you under the law when you are experiencing nuisance caused by noise. The procedures detailed below are designed to cover general neighbourhood type noise problems, such as continual noise from other houses home workshops, local businesses etc.

  1. Initially, it may be sufficient to explain to whoever is causing the noise that it is a nuisance and come to some mutually acceptable understanding.
  2. In the case of noise emanating from multiple occupancy rented accommodation, the landlord (or the Housing section of Council in the case of local authority housing) should be contacted to determine if breaches of the tenancy agreement have occurred.
  3. If this does not resolve the matter you may wish to consider contacting the Environment Section in the case of an activity for which a licence or Planning is required. Section 107 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 provides local authorities with powers to require measures to be taken to prevent or limit noise. These powers are generally exercised in preventing and limiting noise from commercial and industrial premises within their functional areas. A Notice can be served by a local authority on any person in charge of any premises, processes or works
  4. Finally, you may exercise your right to make a formal complaint to the District Court seeking an Order to deal with the nuisance. Forms are available from the District Court office.

Who do I contact regarding problems from barking dogs?

Problems arising from barking dogs are covered under the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 & 1992. A copy of the Form used for complaints to the Courts about noise from dogs is available to download from the following link..

What can be done about the noise from crow guns/bangers?

If the use of noise devices by farmers, to scare off birds eating their crops (knows as "crow guns/bangers") is causing a nuisance, and you consider that the noise to be so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such duration or pitch, or occurring at such times that it gives you reasonable cause for annoyance you can initiate action to deal with it.

What action can I take?

  1. Initially, it may be sufficient to explain to the farmer that it is a nuisance and so come to some mutually acceptable understanding.
  2. If this does not resolve the matter you may wish to contact the Environment Section who will try and resolve the problem
  3. Finally, you may exercise your right to take redress through the District Court under the Noise Regulations. However, before proceeding with a complaint, you are advised, to consult your local authority (where applicable) or seek legal advice.

What is the role of the District Court in dealing with Noise Nuisance?

The District Court hears both sides of the case. If it finds in your favour, it can order the reduction of the noise to a specified level; limit it to specific times or to cease altogether.

How do I complain to the District Court?

  1. Consult with the Clerk of your local District Court about a date for the hearing of your case
  2. You must inform the person concerned that you will be making a complaint to the District Court. The date for the hearing of the case must be at least seven days later than the date you inform the person or body causing the noise.
  3. You have to fill out a form available from the District Court Clerk and present your case in court. As a general rule, it is important to have a record of the times and dates when the noise nuisance occurred.

What is the remit of the Environment Section in relation to noise complaints?

Noise is unwanted sound and can sometimes cause nuisance. The ENFO and Citizens Information websites have information regarding noise complaints
www.askaboutireland.ie/enfo/irelands-environment/noise/noise-regulations/
www.citizensinformation.ie/en/environment/environmental_protection/noise...

What does Tipperary County Council do about noise pollution?

Tipperary County Council deal with noise complaints from commercial and industrial activities, but it is not the policy of Tipperary County Council to become involved in domestic noise complaints between neighbours. The County Council encourages the affected person to approach the person causing the noise nuisance, and explain that it is a burden and try to come to a mutually acceptable solution.
If this fails, the affected person can make a formal complaint to the District Court. Guidance on how to go about this is available:
www.askaboutireland.ie/aai-files/assets/Environment/Noise1/A-Guide-to-th...