What is a Statutory Noise Nuisance and how does it affect you?

Noise from student’s parties is a particular issue in local communities at this time of year. Whilst the University appreciates that students will want to enjoy and celebrate the end of their exams, this should be done in a responsible manner which does not cause distress or disturbance to nearby residents. The University and Leeds Antisocial behaviour Team have implemented procedures to respond to noisy parties and ensure that everyone is able to enjoy their home without being upset by the actions of others.

When does a house party become unacceptable and likely to cause complaints being made against you?
Complaints are most likely to be made against you if your party impacts on the health and wellbeing of your neighbours. Many factors effect this; frequency, time of day, location, duration and how many people are effected.

  • Noise from parties and loud music can be considered a nuisance at any time, day or night, but the hours between 11pm and 8am are when people are most noise sensitive.
  • The use of DJ and loud speaker systems are more likely to lead to complaints and enforcement action being taken.
  • You don’t need to be a regular party animal for complaints to be made about you. A one-off party for a birthday, celebration, or to raise funds for a local charity can still cause a disturbance to others and a complaint being made.
  • Parties that spill in to gardens and streets are more likely to cause complaints as noise from music and talking can easily carry spread to nearby houses.

 

How is noise controlled in the City?
Statutory noise nuisance is investigated by the Leeds City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team. The team will be patrolling the local area up to the end of June to respond to complaints of noise nuisance. They have at their disposal a number of sanctions that they can impose and this includes:

  • issuing of Community Protection Notices; sanctions for non-compliance include a £100 fixed penalty notice, seizure of equipment (including DJ decks and laptops)
  • issuing of Closure Notices; if the nuisance is not abated after a notice is served, the students at the address may be required to attend the Magistrates Court the following morning for a Closure Order application. Breach of a Closure Order is a criminal offence.
  • If students have previously been served with a noise abatement notice and this has been breached, the Council may pursue prosecutions through the criminal courts where property seizure is not an option, which could result in a criminal conviction and a fine.

The University may also take disciplinary against students whom behave in a way which persistently causes distress to their neighbours and brings into question the reputation of the university. For the University’s procedures see the Neighbourhood Helpline Code. 

For practical tips and advice on how to avoid causing any problems for your neighbours and to avoid enforcement action, take a look at the Living in Leeds Guide.