Noise regulations and planning
Developments are often subject to stringent planning conditions, particularly in relation to noise. Under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992, local authorities may set particular noise related requirements, usually with reference to international guidelines, standards or codes of practice. Such planning requirements can apply to the construction process, or to the finished development itself.
Through various consultancy services, iAcoustics can ensure strict adherence to such planning requirements. We can advise on best practical means so that noise does not become a nuisance i.e. “…so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such duration or pitch or occurring at such times as to give reasonable cause for annoyance …” (EPA, 1992). We can ensure a project conforms to the relevant standards and guidelines, and provide evidence of such conformity.
Common noise regulations often quoted by Local Authorities for the control of noise:
- BS5228:2009 Code of Practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites.
- BS4142:2014 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound.
- EPA, Guidance Note for Noise In Relation to Scheduled Activities, 2012.
- National Roads Authority, Good Practice Guidance for the Treatment of Noise during the Planning of National Road Schemes, 2014.
- Pro PG: Planning and Noise – Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise – New Residential Development, 2017.
- Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Control of Noise at Work) Regulations, 2007.
- World Health Organisation, Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region 2018.
- World Health Organisation, Guidelines on Community Noise, 1999.
- World Health Organisation, Night Noise Guidelines, 2009.