Is it Illegal to Play Loud Music After 11pm? How Late Can You Play Until?

Is it Illegal to Play Loud Music After 11pm?

As far as the Noise Act from 1996 (UK) defines, the period between 11 pm and 7 am is considered to be “night hours”.

Therefore, any excessive and overly loud sounds represent noise pollution and anti-social behavior and, consequently is seen as illegal.

In the US, noise pollution is under the scope of the influence of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Noise Control Act of 1972.

The institution in control to protect individuals from the harmful impacts of being exposed to the unwanted sounds is the Office of Noise Abatement and Control.

There’s also the Quiet Communities Act of 1978, still in effect.

But regardless of that, state and local governments are in charge of the realization of noise regulations.

For example, LA defines the period between 11 pm and 7 am on weekdays as the quiet hours, but weekends and holidays represent the exception, as the period is moved to 11 or even midnight, all until 8 or sometimes 10 in the morning.

Higher decibel levels are somewhat tolerable in the industrial zones, but the rules are more stringent when it comes to residential-only areas. 

Take the City of Irving, for example.

In the period between 10 pm and 7 am, sounds above 50 decibels are not allowed, and during the day, the level of noise shouldn’t exceed 60 dB.

Examples of Noise Pollution

So, in general, making noise between 11 in the night and 7 in the morning is illegal, but making any annoying noise during any period of the day can be annoying and disturbing.

Those are mainly various everyday sounds that cannot be ignored but do represent a huge nuisance.


What if Your Neighbors are Disturbing You With Loud Music?

One of the worst feelings ever can occur when you’re trying to get some sleep, but are woken up by the loud music being played next door. Sleep is essential to your health and well-being, so if you find that you’re unable to sleep due to loud music, then it’s best to take action in one or more of the following six ways.

1. Speak to Your Neighbors

Have a talk with your neighbors about the loud noise coming from their place, and politely ask them to lower the volume. Many neighbors will happily turn their music down once they know it’s affecting you.

Sometimes your neighbors may not be aware that their music is too loud, and that it’s affecting the whole neighborhood, so letting them know politely is often the best course of action to take.

However, if a neighbor is being difficult after you ask them to turn their music down gently, you’ll need to move on to another method of solving the problem.

2. Call the Police

If a neighbor is being too difficult and the noise level is getting out of hand, then the best step you can take is to call the police. Police officers are usually more than happy to come by and help, and they’ll solve the problem in no time.

If you’re afraid to call the police because you don’t want your neighbors to find out, then it’s important to call anonymously, use a phone booth or even let the cops know that you’d prefer to stay anonymous for your own safety.

3. Report Neighbor to the Local Council

If you don’t want to get the cops involved, but still want to take action, then the best idea is to report your noisy neighbor to your local council. Make sure that you briefly explain your problem and the action you took.

You also have the ability to report a disturbing noise problem through the website for your local authorities. All you’ll need to do is conduct a simple Google search for your local authority’s name, and make the complaint.

4. Soundproof Your House

I only recommend this method if you have some cash to spend, and if the loud noise continues after you’ve tried all the steps above.

If you’re wondering how much work it’ll take to properly soundproof your home, it actually won’t require much time at all, and you won’t need the help of an expert to get the job done.

You can start by purchasing a soundproof curtain for the windows, adding another layer of drywall by using green glue, and getting a door sweep and weatherstripping to close off any gaps in the doors and windows.

5. Use Ear Protection

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If you think calling the cops is a bad idea, another thing you can do is invest in some ear protection, such as a pair of earplugs or a set of earmuffs. Here are some ear protection products I recommend.

6. Play Sound-Masking Sounds Yourself

If none of the methods above work (but I know at least one will!) you can purchase a white noise machine. Playing the white noise of your choice can be an effective way to mask disruptive sounds that intrude on your peace and quiet.


I hope this article will help you understand the times that are prohibited to play sounds loudly and the measures you can take if your neighbor is making a noise. If you have any question feel free to ask me via the contact form

Effects of Playing Music Loud

We all love music because it entertains, informs and helps us to relax and focus, however, the problem comes when playing it at a full blast which has a negative impact not only on you but your neighbors as well, some of the well-known impacts include:

  • Can Damage your eardrums which may result in hearing loss (If the volume is always at full blast and played continuously every day)
  • A conflict may occur between you and your neighbors whether it is you making the noise or your neighbors playing music too loud may cause conflict
  • Research has shown that consistent loud sound waves can lead to stress and an increase in cortisol.

When Can You Report Someone for Being Loud?

Additionally, noise laws aren’t in effect during emergency situations such as road repairs. Also, most construction projects get permits allowing them to make more noise. So you won’t have any luck trying to report the construction site across the street. However, you can report other types of noise, such as:

  • Excessive vehicle noise could be enough to get a noise ordinance. Some cities even regulate honking, so people will only use it to signal danger, and not to express road rage.
  • In certain instances, barking can also be deserving of an ordinance. You can’t fault a dog for barking once or twice when it feels threatened. However, if your neighbors can’t get their dog to stop barking throughout the night, you could report them — after talking to them, ideally.
  • Other noises could also be punishable by law, especially if they’re deliberate. So if someone is being overly loud and disturbing the peace on purpose, they may even get a public nuisance charge.

Now, I’ve already told you what you can do to report loud neighbors if you live in the UK. However, I do have some tips that are specifically for U.S. citizens.

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