Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Noise and nuisance
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Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 SR.66

Provide a self-contained set of procedures relating to display of advertisements in Northern Ireland

Current Legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of Noise and Nuisance environmental legislation that may affect your business in Northern Ireland. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Environmental management systems and environmental reports

Anti-social Behaviour (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 SI 1988 (including amendments up to 2004)

Sets out the rules on nuisance which could lead to an anti-social behaviour order.

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Contains measures to improve the quality of the local environment by giving district councils additional powers to deal with litter, fly-posting and graffiti, dogs, noise, statutory nuisance, nuisance alleyways, abandoned vehicles and shopping trolleys.

Control of Noise (Codes of Practice for Construction and Open Sites) Order (Northern Ireland) 2002 SR 303

Approves four British Standards Institution codes of practice for appropriate methods of minimising noise and vibration from construction and open sites in Northern Ireland.

Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors Regulations 2001 SI 1701

Establishes maximum noise levels for equipment used outdoors, mainly in construction and land maintenance, such as generators, lawn mowers, compaction machines and concrete breakers.

Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors (Amendment) Regulations 2001 SI 3958

Amends 2001/1701 to clarify that the regulations apply to the sound power level of equipment.

Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors (Amendment) Regulations 2005 SI 3525

Amends 2001/1701 to set out the sound power limits for various categories of equipment.

The Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors (Amendment) Regulations 2015

This amends the 2001 regulations with respect to the provision of data and the enforcement of the regulations.

Pollution Control and Local Government (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 SR 1049 (NI 19)

Regulates waste on land, abandoned vehicles, noise nuisance, noise abatement zones, sulphur content of oil fuel used in furnaces and engines, cable burning, and pollution of the atmosphere and water. Other aspects have been revoked.

Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 312

Amends SI 1986/1078 by adding regulations which require that tyres fitted to certain vehicles are marked with an S mark to show that they comply with the noise emission requirements of Directive 92/23/EEC as amended by Directive 2001/43/EC.

Statutory Nuisances (Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 SR 61

Provides grounds and procedure for appealing an abatement notice served under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011

Statutory Nuisances (Insects) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 SR 36

Prescribe the land forming part of an agricultural unit in respect of which payments are made under any of the land management schemes are excluded from the provisions in relation to statutory nuisances regarding insects.

Statutory Nuisances (Artificial lighting) (Designation of Relevant Sports) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 SR37

Designates which sports can use the defence of best practice for artificial light nuisance, such as floodlighting, at outdoor sports facilities in Northern Ireland.

Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 SR 35

Prescribe the ranges within which the amounts of certain fixed penalties that are capable of being specified by a district council are required to fall. Also prescribe the minimum amount of fixed penalty that a district council may treat as full payment of a fixed penalty.

Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 SR.66 Provide a self-contained set of procedures relating to display of advertisements in Northern Ireland.

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