Visit our pollution enforcement services webpage for information on our out of hours service.
When we receive noise complaints about a party, pollution enforcement officers will try to visit the party and give general advice on how to minimise the noise to neighbours.
Complaints about one-off parties are unlikely to be dealt with under nuisance law unless the party is unreasonably loud, is going on late into the night, and the party holder refuses to comply with requests to turn down the music to a reasonable level.
When requests to lower the music are ignored, and if a nuisance is being caused to others, the pollution enforcement officer can issue a legal notice. If this notice is not complied with and the party continues to cause a nuisance the persons responsible could then be prosecuted.
The council provides a dedicated party patrol service on Saturday nights throughout the summer months, which operates in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service to deal with noisy parties.
What you can do
If you are considering having a party, these tips may help to avoid annoying your neighbours:
- tell your neighbours in advance of your plans.
- it is difficult to control music noise when speakers are outside in the open, please avoid speakers in the garden.
- keep the volume of music low after 11pm and close windows and doors.
- ask guests to leave quietly after the party i.e. no shouting, revving of car engines, or sounding of car horns.