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Seven percent rise in noise complaints in Northern Ireland


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%



The full report is available at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/noise


All queries regarding the statistics should be referred to the relevant district council.


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.