Noise complaints received by district councils between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 have increased by nearly 7% according to a report published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Figures collated by district councils show that a total of 12,563 complaints were received in 2018/19, up almost 7% compared to the previous year’s figure (11,766).
Domestic noise, which includes loud music, televisions, parties and noisy animals accounted for 82% 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 - 82%
- Commerce and Leisure - 8%
- Noise in the street - 3%
- Construction - 3%
- Industry - 2%
- Transport - 2%
Notes to editors:
- All queries regarding the statistics should be referred to the relevant district council.
- 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.
- The domestic noise sources most complained about in 2018/19 are loud music, televisions and parties which accounted for 45% of domestic noise complaints. Animal noise represents 37% and other neighbourhood noise was the cause of a further 15% of domestic noise complaints.
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