Noise Pollution

Noise Pollution is considered where a noise is so loud, so continuous, so repeated, of such duration or pitch or occurring at such times as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to a person in any premises in the neighbourhood.

The principal legislation relating to noise is Sections 106, 107 and 108 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992 and the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992 (Noise) Regulations 1994 (S.I. 179).

The Environmental Noise Directive (END) and Environmental Noise Regulations (2006) made there-under define a common approach intended to avoid, prevent or reduce on a prioritized basis the harmful effects, including annoyance, due to exposure to environmental noise.

Offaly County Council investigate noise complaints in relation to commercial and industrial activities. It is not the policy of Offaly County Council to investigate noise complaints relating to domestic noise. Where domestic noise nuisance is occurring the County Council encourages the affected person to approach the person causing the noise and try to come to a mutually acceptable solution.
Where this fails, a formal complaint can be made to the District Court.

Further information on making a complaint to the District Court, Noise Legislation and Noise Pollution can be found at and


Offaly County Council adopted this Noise Action Plan on 16 September 2013 in accordance with Article 11 of the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006 (SI No.140 of 2006).

Offaly Noise Action Plan 2013 -2018

This plan outlines how Offaly County Council proposes to manage environmental noise issues arising from road traffic within the areas identified by the strategic Noise Mapping - see links below.

Offaly Noise Maps - daytime

Offaly Noise Maps - night