Advice if you are planning an activity that will make noise

Garden noise

Planning an event like a party or barbecue? Tell you neighbours or invite them if appropriate, avoid amplified loud music and end the party or go indoors at a reasonable hour to avoid complaints of noise.

Construction Work or DIY

Building work or Do-it-yourself activities can create a lot of noise or vibration that can affect a large number of local residents, and results in many complaints per year.  We appreciate that people often have work or other commitments during the day and so the only chance they have to do building or DIY works may be in the evening and at weekends. However, this work must be done at reasonable times and should not cause nuisance to neighbours.

We strongly recommend that noisy building or DIY work is only done between Mon – Fri 8am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm, unless you have agreed other times with your neighbours.

Where we receive a complaint about noisy works we will contact the complainant in order to get details about the nature of the complaint including the times work are being carried out, the nature and frequency of works, and the type of tools being used etc. If we consider the works could be causing a nuisance we will request that steps be taken to eliminate the nuisance. 

Where our requests are ignored we can take formal action (service of notice) against the owner/occupier requiring action to abate the nuisance. If this notice is ignored the person served with the notice can be prosecuted and be fined.

If you are in any doubt about the noise being made please check this with our environmental health team:

Tel: 01444-477292



Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely however others may not realise the harm and distress they are causing to local residents and animals. This is why members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back gardens, and only licensed professionals can use them in public places.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for on:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

For further advice please contact West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service or Sussex Police.

Loud Music

Our Environmental Health Team will investigate reports of loud music, contact them by calling Tel: 01444-477292 or Email: 


  • Music tastes vary so do not assume just because you like a song your neighbour will want to hear it as well.
  • With amplified sound, keep the volume down, especially the bass which can be more annoying than higher frequencies. Don’t put speakers on or close to party walls, ceilings or floors.
  • If you have a bedroom TV, keep it quiet at night, especially if your bedroom adjoins someone else’s.
  • If playing an instrument, practice where and when it will have least impact on neighbours.
  • Where possible, use headphones if listening to loud music or a loud TV.


Our Environmental Health Team investigate noise complaints regarding barking dogs or other noisy pets.


  • As a responsible pet owner you need to ensure that your animal does not cause a nuisance to others. Whilst barking is a natural behaviour, continual dog barking/howling is unacceptable and the behaviour needs to be addressed.
  • Dogs bark if they are lonely/unhappy, dogs can bark continuously which neighbours may find disturbing. If you have to leave your dog alone, make sure it’s well exercised and fed. Some dogs like a radio for company, or get a friend or neighbour to look in.
  • You should not leave your dog alone for long periods of time if it barks continuously.
  • Ensure you are a responsible pet owner especially if you live in a flat. Other people may be scared or not like dogs, keep them on a lead or muzzle if appropriate around communal areas and keep them under control at all times.

Dangerous dogs will be investigated by Sussex police, please see their website for more information

Dogs that are persistently out of control can be investigated by the Anti-Social Behaviour Team, please report this issue by following this link

Report anti-social behaviour

Car alarms

Noise from vehicle alarms, whether it is a car, van or motorbike etc, can cause a nuisance to neighbouring properties if sounding persistently. To prevent false alarms, follow these useful tips:

  • Have your alarm fitted by a competent installer.
  • All vehicle alarms must be fitted with a five minute cut out device, as stated in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.
  • Maintain your alarm in good working condition.
  • Regularly check your alarm and have any faults rectified quickly.
  • Set your alarm to a reasonable level of sensitivity to minimise false alarms.
Last updated: 27 September 2021