Noise and Noise Nuisance

The effect of noise on an individual is very subjective, especially what an individual might perceive to be a noise nuisance.
If an individual considers that a noise nuisance arises and is so severe then they have direct recourse to the district court to take an action under noise nuisance as the person negatively affected by it. Kilkenny County Council would not take on such a case as the issue of noise nuisance is so subjective and what one individual perceives as nuisance another may not. It is not clear cut in such a situation due to that subjectivity.

The procedure for you to take court action is set out clearly in the attached documentation below and is simplified to allow individuals to have recourse to the courts. Noise nuisance is very subjective in proving any case you will need to present documentary evidence of the issue arising and as you see them the negative effects this has on you and your family. The judge will then determine if the actions of the other party is reasonable or not and the judge may impose conditions or restrictions on the farmer concerned.

The documents below provide information on noise and noise nuisance and the local authorities role.

A Guide to the Noise Regulations

Noise Nuisance Citizens Information Document 2016


Noise Action Plan 2019-2023

It is important to note Kilkenny’s only major noise source for the purpose of this plan is major roads.

This document does not relate to general noise nuisance from domestic, commercial or environmental sources.

A summary of the Noice Action Plan 2019-2023 may be downloaded here.

A full copy of the Noise Action Plan 2019-2023 may be downloaded here.



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