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.
- Nenagh: District Court Office, The Courthouse, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
On being contacted by a complainant the District Court Offices will:
- Take the complaint details.
- 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).
- Inform both the complainant and the person or body making the noise, of the date, time and location of the court hearing.
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
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.
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.