Noise Pollution

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Noise Pollution Complaints


What We Do

The Environmental Health Officers in the Air Quality Monitoring and Noise Control Unit deal with noise complaints from members of the public. These mainly relate to complaints about commercial enterprises operating within Dublin City Council’s functional area. 

We also carry out monitoring at various outdoor music events within the city, and report these results as required. 

We work on an advisory and regulatory basis with a number of other departments within Dublin City Council.


Co-operation of complainants

In order for the air quality monitoring and noise control unit to fully investigate a complaint , a certain level of co-operation will be required from the complainant, this may include some or all of the following;

  • The maintenance of logsheets which are to be filled in as and when the noise nuisance occurs. 

  • Access to the complainant’s home for the purposes of monitoring.  Monitoring may have to be carried out on more than one occasion.

  • Should the complaint result in court action, complainants should be aware that their complaint will no longer be anonymous, and they will be named.

Investigation of complaints

  • We  will endeavour to resolve the issues with regard to any noise complaint within its remit.
  • It is imperative in all cases that the procedures established to determine nuisance are followed in accordance with law and best practice.

  • These procedures may include observation, recording, inspection, noise monitoring, analysis, discussion and prosecution. A considerable expenditure of our time and resources may be involved in the resolution of noise nuisance issues.

  • During the course of a complaints investigation, the use of Noise meters may be required for monitoring purposes. These specialised devices need to be operated under certain conditions which may depend on time, weather, environmental or technical factors.

  • Noise nuisance may occur at any time including out of normal office hours, weekend or holiday periods and monitoring may be required at these times. It should be borne in mind that the provision of service during such times is subject to the availability of equipment and resources at that time.

  • We will endeavour to arrange monitoring at an early stage and this may include home installation of a D.A.T. (Digital Audio Tape) recording device.

  • The determination of noise nuisance may not always be clear-cut. This is due, in part, to the subjective perception of what constitutes “reasonable cause for annoyance”.

  • The complete elimination of sources of noise nuisance which are the subject of complaint is generally not possible. In most cases, the reduction of noise to an acceptable level is considered reasonable and cases may be deemed to be resolved at this stage.


    For more information

    National Protocol for Dealing with Noise  Complaints for Local Authorities

    Dublin City Council
    Customer Service Centre
    Civic Offices
    Wood Quay
    Dublin 8.

    Tel: (01) 222 2222 (0900-1700, Monday to Friday)
    Fax: (01) 222 5807