Noise and nuisance
We deal with nuisances such as noise, odour and excessive light from residential and commercial premises or commercial operations. To ensure that we observe social distancing guidelines, we may need to defer visits or inspections until it is deemed safe to do so.
Officers will prioritise tackling unreasonable disturbance and investigate reports about:
- loud music, TV or radio
- smoke and/ or odour from bonfires and burning waste on trade premises
- building and DIY work at unreasonable times
- constant dog barking or other noisy domestic animals
- car and building alarms
- odour, dust and smoke nuisance, and artificial light nuisance.
Officers will not deal with:
- noise from ordinary domestic activities or where there is poor sound insulation
- noisy works from construction within permitted times and agreed conditions
- noise from groups or people talking in gardens and outside areas.
When is help available?
Our service is available 363 days a year, including weekends and bank holidays except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
If the noise or nuisance is happening now, please call us on 020 8753 1081 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or 020 8748 8588 outside office hours for an officer to respond to your complaint today.
Call us during office hours: 020 8753 1081 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Call us outside office hours: 020 8748 8588 (Monday to Wednesday 7.30am to 3am, Thursday to Friday 7.30am to 5am, Saturday to Sunday 9am to 5am)
Write to: Noise and Nuisance, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9JU
We deal with a wide range of noise and nuisance problems including:
- barking dogs
- bonfires and burning
- car alarms
- construction site noise or dust pollution
- DIY work
- intruder/burglar alarms
- loud music/parties
- noise from commercial premises
- noise from pubs and clubs
- odour from commercial premises
Unfortunately we have no power to deal with:
- aircraft noise
- problems caused by inadequate sound insulation in residential areas
- rowdy behaviour in public places
- traffic noise
- odour from domestic properties.
We respond to over 12,000 complaints a year about noise and nuisance.
Contact us in confidence to report a problem. We will normally visit you to assess whether the problem is a nuisance as defined in law.
This is a subjective assessment by a professional officer, who will:
- contact the person responsible for the nuisance
- tell them that we are carrying out an investigation
- tell them their responsibilities and how to reduce the noise.
We will try to resolve the noise nuisance and prevent it happening again.
We have legal powers, in most cases, to stop noise nuisance, but to use these powers we have to witness the noise from inside your property. We aim to respond to 95 per cent of calls after 6pm within 60 minutes and 80 per cent of calls within 45 minutes. During the day our response time is two hours.
What we need to know
It helps our investigation if you can tell us:
- the type of noise such as loud music or air conditioning
- the exact address or location the noise is coming from
- the exact dates and times when the noise starts and stops
- the effect of the noise such as it disturbs your sleep, interferes with your television, radio or conversation.
What you can do to help
Many people don’t realise they’re annoying their neighbours. If you can approach them safely, the best way to deal with the problem is to speak to the person or company responsible and explain the problem. A face-to-face conversation is usually better than a phone call or email. You may find that you can sort it out in a friendly way without any further action.
If reasoning with your neighbour does not help, or you do not want to approach them, then you should contact us.
If that doesn’t work, for example if we are unable to witness the nuisance, you might consider individual action and taking your complaint to a court.