Sound is essential to our daily lives, but noise is not - noise can be defined as unwanted sound. It is a source of irritation and stress for many people and can even damage our hearing if it is loud enough.

A nuisance is often difficult to establish but, generally speaking, if something is unreasonable to the average person, a court might decide it is a statutory nuisance. Noise nuisance is covered by Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Listed below are some types of noise that may be regarded as a nuisance.

Noise Pollution

Noise and Planning

Aberdeenshire Council Environmental Health has produced guidance informing prospective developers, and others, of the part it plays as a consultee in the planning process.  The guides indicate certain information that will be required by Environmental Health before it can respond to planning consultations.