Noise Management & Light Pollution
Managing the amount of noise generated in the lead up to, and during your event is a responsibility that must be taken extremely seriously. Excess noise (or noise pollution) is rarely tolerated and the consequences of not following guidelines can be severe. Here are some key points to be aware of:
- The local authority will almost certainly impose noise limits and curfews to your event. These will be stipulated in your license agreement and are legally binding. A local authority has the right and authority to close down your event if you do not keep to the agreed limits and curfew.
- Stewards should supervise crowds as they leave an event and encourage them to respect the neighbouring community if they are within audible distance of the event site.
- There are often restrictions put in place regarding how much noise your event is allowed to make and between what times of the day. You should make yourself aware of these restrictions before commencing any work and employ appropriate monitoring throughout any build/setup days.
- Consider your site design to minimise noise problems, such as positioning stages away from residents houses.
- Include a Noise Management section within your Event Management Plan, detailing how noise will be monitored and how complaints will be handled.
Light pollution can be a concern to local residents and business owners.
- Any lights used should be of a reasonable intensity and angled away from any neighbouring homes or businesses. Should you need to keep any lights on throughout the night (for security reasons for example) these should be low level and kept to a minimum. It would also be favourable to document these requirements with an explanation and distribute this to local home and business owners in advance.
- Any light shows and or pyrotechnics should be cleared with the local authority in advance.