Many outdoor events, particularly those held during the summer,
incorporate some noise activities. These may include music,
fireworks, fairgrounds, public address systems or generators. Most
of these events occur only occasionally at any one venue, but
sometimes events occur regularly at the same site. Noise can
therefore be a source of annoyance to local residents, and measures
should be taken to minimise it.
Those responsible for arranging events should consider the
potential for noise at the planning stage. The Pollution Control
Team within Environmental Health can be contacted for advice.
Considerations should include:
- What type of music– live or
- Where will the music be
- What time will the music by
- For how long?
- Where are the nearest residential
- What time will the display take
- How noisy will the fireworks
- Have you advised local residents?
- Where will the fair be
- Will it clash with other music
- Have you advised the operator of noise
- What time will it be operating?
Public Address System
- Are they volume
- Will they be used as little as
- Do they just cover the area
- Do they incorporate directional speakers?
- Are they necessary – could mains power be
- Can temporary shielding be
- Do they incorporate sound
- Are they sited away from housing?
For further information, contact the Pollution Control Team who
produce a guide for outside events.