Patrols begin in Brent to tackle summer noise nuisance

26 July 2019

Rowdy summer parties will be targeted with a month of ‘Party Patrols’, starting next weekend (3rd August). Council officers will have the power issue warnings or confiscate stereo equipment if a party is creating an unreasonable disturbance.

Warmer days and longer evenings usually prompt an increase in noise complaints. To nip nuisance behaviour in the bud, Party Patrols will be in operation between 6pm and 2am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They will be checking events to see that noise is kept to a reasonable level, using noise monitoring equipment, and making sure that any businesses have the correct license if they choose to host a party.

Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety, said: “We’re not in the business of spoiling people’s fun, but one person’s good time shouldn’t become another’s nightmare. Persistent and excessive noise can make neighbours’ lives a misery. That’s why we will be cracking down on parties making a racket this summer.”

Avoid a visit from the Party Patrol with these tips from our Noise Nuisance team:

  • Tell your neighbours in advance of your plans – or better still, invite them.
  • Keep noise to a reasonable level at all times. It’s a common misconception that you are allowed to play loud music before 11pm – the law actually requires neighbourly and considerate behaviour at all times. It is a good idea to turn music right down after 11pm and to close windows and doors.
  • It’s difficult to control music noise when you are outside in the open, so avoid speakers in the garden.
  • Ask guests to leave quietly after the party – no shouting, revving of car engines, or sounding of car horns.
  • Businesses looking to host a party must seek permission from their local authority if they are not already licensed for activities like music and the consumption of alcohol. If you’re unsure whether you need a license, please contact the team at business.licence@brent.gov.uk

To report noise nuisance, download the Noise App at: www.thenoiseapp.com

Our out-of-hours emergency service has recently changed to meet the increased demand at weekends. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, officers will be on hand to help between 6pm and 2am. If it can’t wait, please call 020 8937 1234 and press option 3 for Emergencies.