Seven percent rise in noise complaints in Northern Ireland

Date published: 17 November 2021

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).

DARD report

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%

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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 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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