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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.

music speakerA 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.