How to write an event management plan

Section 19 - Noise management

In this section, detail the elements of your event that could create noise nuisance, such as amplified or live music, generators, fairground rides, crowds of people and fireworks. Then consider who could be affected by the noise e.g. nearby residential properties.

Most events are occasional, but when events happen regularly at the same time, noise can become annoying to local residents. Environmental health can take action to deal with problems like this.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 does not specify decibel levels at which a statutory nuisance will occur – we consider a range of factors including the time of day, the type of noise, how long the noise continues for, etc. Noise measurements may be taken to assist in determining whether the noise is a statutory nuisance, but it is the subjective assessment of an authorised officer that will decide whether formal action is needed.

Lichfield District Council has the power to serve a noise abatement notice to control noise if satisfied that a noise nuisance may occur or is likely to recur. You should not assume that, having obtained a licence for a temporary event or given permission to use the land, you do not have to consider noise issues. If a nuisance does occur, you may jeopardise your chances of holding similar events in the future.

This is why you should outline how you will arrange the layout of the event to minimise noise nuisance. For example, locating noise sources away from nearby residents. Where this is not possible and noise levels are likely to be high you must be able to agree a measurable sound level that should not be exceeded. Speaker technology is available which enables customers at events to enjoy music whilst not affecting residents to an undue degree.  For advice, email [email protected].

If you share your event management plan with the SAG, the team may comment on the arrangements you have in place to prevent noise nuisance.

Where possible, liaise with local residents about your event plans so they have warning to any noise that may occur, which can help reduce complaints. You could also provide local residents with a point of contact for the event, which they can use to make a noise complaint, so corrective actions can be taken.