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Noise control at events

You will need to think about two noise issues when planning your event:

  • Regular exposure to high noise levels that could cause hearing damage to those running the event
  • Noise nuisance caused by your event.  This could lead to complaints or objections to future events
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You will need to have a qualified specialist carry out a noise assessment.  They will check the potential levels of noise from your event. 

The Code of Practice on Environmental Noise Control at Concerts sets the acceptable levels for off site noise.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 sets out the measures you must take if workers are regularly exposed to excess noise.  This could include:

  • limiting time spent in the noisy environment or
  • providing hearing protection

The Health and Safety Executive’s Controlling noise at work provides guidance. You may also find Sound Advice: Control of noise at work and in entertainment useful.

For more advice on noise control please contact our Environmental Protection team.  You can phone them on 0300 1234 212 or e-mail