Published: 10 June 2016 by Richard Bradley
We have all heard comments like this and no matter what your personal preference may be, from Bach to Bieber, all music and sound produced by entertainment can be considered noise under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
As summer gets in to full swing it is inevitable that many premises will seek to maximise their holiday revenue by providing a variety of entertainment. With any luck there will be some warm weather to help with the festivities and premises will open their doors to welcome customers and let in the refreshing summer breeze.
Unfortunately your residential neighbours may also be relaxing in their gardens and Mr Bieber may not be their preferred choice of entertainment.
All premises must consider the potential impact that noise, music or otherwise, generated by their premises could have on their neighbours as a noise complaint could be made resulting in a section 80 noise Abatement Notice being issued. If such a notice is not withdrawn, appealed or suspended, any future breach could lead to a criminal prosecution and a potentially unlimited fine.
There are a number of options available to help reduce the risk of noise complaints and ensure a successful summer’s trading:
Loud noise from live or recorded music could lead to restrictions being applied to your premises licence, despite the recent deregulation of such entertainment under the Live Music Act 2012. Therefore appropriate steps should be taken that will hopefully ensure a profitable and problem free summer.
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