Small licensed venues may have several noise conditions attached to their license which must be adhered to. Compliance with licensing conditions will go some way to protect the licensee should a review of the license be requested. Compliance with the license conditions does not however preclude Statutory Noise Nuisance action from being taken under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It is important to ensure that the conditions of the license are being met whilst also proactively protecting the amenity of local residents.

When applying for a TEN it is important to advise the Environmental Protection Unit or other relevant department within the Local Authority several weeks prior to the event. A Noise Management Plan may be requested to cover all aspects of noise associated with the event, however as a minimum the following details should be provided to the Local Authority:
  • Brief description of the event (including itinerary where appropriate)
  • Location of the event
  • Date of the event
  • Proposed start and finish times of the event
When organising large music events and festivals a balance must be struck between the benefit of the event and the protection of local residents from excessive noise.

The Code of Practice on Environmental Noise Control at Concerts (The Code), provides guidance on noise limits for particular types of venue and the frequency which events take place. The Code also includes advice on measurement locations and provides guidance on low frequency noise limits.

The Code is currently under review, any update will be posted on our News feed.