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Being a considerate neighbour

Being a considerate neighbour

Radios, stereos and TVs

  • Keep the volume as low as possible, especially late at night. Use headphones, or listen to music on a personal stereo.

  • When not using headphones, the bass control should be set at a low level as the "bass beat" can be particularly irritating.

  • If you are having a party or barbecue, remember the neighbours – let them know beforehand or better still invite them. Most people are willing to accept more noise occasionally if they know when the music will end and that they will be able to get some sleep.

Barking dogs

  • Don't let your dog bark or whine for long periods or leave it alone.

  • Keep your dog indoors if it barks constantly when unattended or disturbed. If your dog still barks when indoors, make arrangements to leave it with a neighbour or friend or get someone to call in – leave its favourite toy or put the radio on at very low volume.

  • Move the kennel or erect a fence so that your dog is disturbed less often by passers-by.

  • Try an ultrasonic or other collar to alter the dog's behaviour.


  • Carry out noisier operations during the day keeping the evening for quiet work such as painting and decorating.

  • Complete the work as quickly as possible – don't let it drag on for months.

  • Let your neighbours know beforehand if you are carrying out potentially noisy operations, using power equipment or working on party walls or floors.

Vehicle repairs

  • Don't rev the engine excessively.

  • Close doors quietly.

  • Use car horn only for emergencies.

  • Keep music levels down, keep windows closed.

  • If possible, carry out repair work in a garage.

  • Carry out necessary and noisy operations during the day and avoid Sundays and bank holidays.

In the home

  • Site fridges, freezers, washing machines and loudspeakers well away from party walls.

  • Stand washing machines/spin dryers on a solid floor or place on a carpet/rubber mat to reduce vibration. If people live below you, fit carpets and underlay.

Last updated on 16 September 2016