Noise complaint statistics for Northern Ireland 2017-2018

Date published: 19 September 2019

Noise complaints received by district councils between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 have fallen by 3% according to a report published today by the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

DARD report

Figures collated by local council areas show that a total of 11,766 complaints were received in 2017/18, down 3% compared to the previous year (12,105).

Domestic noise, which includes loud music, televisions, parties and noisy animals accounted for 81% of all noise complaints, according to the latest statistics.

The report’s findings show that the majority of complaints to councils concern the following types of noise:

  • Domestic noise - 81%
  • Commerce and Leisure - 8%
  • Noise in the street - 4%
  • Construction - 3%
  • Industry - 2%
  • Transport - 2%

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Notes to editors: 

  1. All queries regarding the statistics should be referred to the relevant district council.
  2. DAERA collates the figures on the numbers of complaints which have been provided to it by the district councils. Thus, the Department is not in a position to comment on trends or specific findings. 
  3. The domestic noise sources most complained about in 2017/18 are loud music, televisions and parties which accounted for 43% of domestic noise complaints. Animal noise represents 36% and other neighbourhood noise was the cause of a further 15% of domestic noise complaints.
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  5. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office on: 028 9052 4619 or via email. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.

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