First published 22nd Apr, 2020

In the first instance, the Event Organiser shall consult the Parks Event Manager about the siting and direction of all public address, speaker and music sound systems to be used at his event and to ensure that the event remains within acceptable noise levels.

The Event Organiser will be asked to provide a point of contact on the day of the event with whom any complaints received can be directed to be addressed. 

If noise levels are exceeded and deemed to potentially cause a nuisance, the Event Organiser shall be required to reduce the noise to acceptable levels, paying particular attention to noise nuisance as a direct result of base amplitude.

In accordance with the current Code of Practice on Environmental Noise Control at Concerts, the sound level shall not exceed 65 db (A), over a 15 minute period, at the nearest residential property to the event site.

If levels of noise continue to be problematic after the Event Organiser has been warned by the Site Supervisor or received a warning from the Shared Regulatory Services, then the source of the noise shall be shut down.

In serious cases of noise nuisance, a notice may be served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on the Event Organiser. This can lead to a fine of up to £20,000 being levied by a court, following a successful prosecution.

The Council accepts no responsibility or liability for the cancellation or closure of an event due to unacceptable noise nuisance.

Music system or band sound checks shall only take place with the prior permission of the Council and the time of any sound checks shall be agreed in advance. Neighbouring residents and businesses should be considered and consulted when scheduling sound checks i.e. exams may be taking place in the RWCMD next to Coopers Field in Bute Park or a wedding in Cardiff Castle. 

See Conflicts with other city centre events/venues in the site-specific guidance.

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