Freedom of Information Request:

During 2011, the Noise Tzar made a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to 98 Councils, including all London Boroughs, outer London Councils and all Councils in the South East. The request asked Councils to answer 6 questions.

Out of 98 Councils approached only 89 responded. Not all Councils who responded answered all 6 questions.


What we asked:

The purpose of the request was to find out how Councils are complying with their duty under the Housing Act 2004; to inspect properties for psychological hazards from noise and take appropriate enforcement action, by serving Improvement or Hazard Awareness Notices. The request also sought to establish if Councils were carrying out any non statutory functions during Noise Action Week (between 26-30 April 2010; coordinated by EPUK) coinciding with the 15th annual International Noise Awareness Day, on 28 April 2010 (Co-ordinated by the Centre for Hearing and Communication).


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Noisedirect 2010 Survey of Council action on Hazards from Noise

HHSRS operating guidance identifies noise as a potential hazard to health. The category covers threats to physical and metal health resulting from exposure to noise inside the dwelling or within its curtilage. The assessement of hazards from noise includes, amongst other things the internal and external sound insulation of a dwelling. It does not deal with unreasonable behaviour, which is dealt with under statutory nuisance provisions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The responses received to the 2010 Noisedirect Survey of Council action on Hazards from Noise found:


  • Councils served, a total of 4 notices under the Housing Act 2004, for psychological hazards from noise.


  • 1 Council responded to say that there are no psychological hazards from noise, in its area, which is why no inspections were carried out.

And that:







Councils not recognising noise as a Psychological Hazard: No Surprise for Noise Tzar - Download a copy of the press release

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