Domestic noise nuisance is covered by the Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 giving us powers to deal with domestic noise above the permitted level for the time of the day.
To be defined as domestic, the noise must come from a residential property such as a house or a flat. This includes any land belonging to, or used exclusively by, the accommodation’s residents, such as a garden, shed or garage.
Examples of types of noise covered by the Act are:
- Loud music,
- Loud Television,
- Washing machine
- Musical Instruments.
We work closely with the police and can investigate noise complaints coming from homes or gardens. They carry specialist equipment to check if the noise exceeds permitted levels. If they identify a problem, a warning will be given. If the warning is ignored they then have enforcement powers to issue an on the spot fine of £100. In extreme cases, noise making equipment can be seized and the matter referred to the Procurator Fiscal where the fine can be up to £1000.
Stirling and Clackmannanshire Council have jointly set up an 'Out of Hours Noise Team' which will operate between 20:00 and 03:00 Thursday-Saturday evenings.
Reporting domestic noise
To report Domestic Noise in Stirling or Clackmannanshire please contact the Out of Hours Noise Team on: 01786 404040
Commercial noise and nuisance
We also investigate noise, smell and smoke complaints from commercial and industrial premises. Times when the problem occurs should be noted to help with any investigation.