Noise Management in Mixed-use Urban Environments

Noise is an environmental effect that has the potential to cause adverse effects, annoyance and affect health. It is often identified as a nuisance in the local environment and is a frequent cause of complaints, often related to reverse sensitivity and conflict between incompatible activities.

This guidance note contains advice on noise management in mixed-use urban areas. It emphasises that a balance needs to be achieved between providing for legitimate commercial activities while controlling potential adverse noise effects to reasonable levels.