2. Musical instruments

It's always best to approach your near neighbours to make them aware that you intend to play your musical instrument. Try to agree specific times when they don’t mind you playing your music. Talking to your neighbours may avoid complaints.

Where no agreement is reached, the following guidelines should be followed and only apply to the playing of one instrument.

Do not practice or play music:

  • for more than one hour in any one day
  • in any room with your windows or doors open
  • after 8pm or before 8am Monday to Friday (or before 10am on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  • outside timescales previously agreed with your neighbours
  • allowed to play a maximum of four days per week

If you're unable to follow these recommendations, you should practice in another location, further from your neighbours.

If the Environmental Health Department receives complaints about noise nuisance, enforcement action could be taken. It could be taken against you, the owner or occupiers of the premises. This could lead to a fine of up to £5000 and the seizure of your musical equipment.

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