We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are currently in the process of updating this guidance page.

Please check the list of Local Area Requirements July 2018 for the most up to date information before submitting your application.

Where your proposed development has the potential to impact the quality of life for people who live or work within the surrounding area due to excessive noise, a noise impact and sound insulation assessment will need to accompany your planning application.

The information below provides further details about when a noise impact and sound insulation assessment is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.

When is a noise impact and sound insulation assessment required?

A noise impact and sound insulation assessment should accompany applications for:

  • developments that have the potential to generate noise
    • for example, day nurseries, nightclubs, places of worship, public houses, restaurants/takeaways, schools/colleges, etc
  • developments located next to an existing noise source
    • for example, next to an industrial site, a busy road, or railway line
  • developments in conservation areas, where excessive noise may be an issue

What information should be included in a noise impact and sound insulation assessment?

A noise impact and sound insulation assessment should include the following information:

  • existing background noise levels measured over a 24-hour period (including the cumulative noise levels of all existing units)
  • proposed noise levels (including the cumulative noise levels of all proposed units)
  • any proposed measures to reduce noise from the proposed development
  • the system manufacturers specification of any proposed equipment to be installed, altered or replaced
  • details of the method used to compile the report and examples of the calculations and assumptions made

Please note that you cannot carry out a noise impact and sound insulation assessment yourself. It must be completed by a qualified acoustician.

You must also complete the Camden Council Acoustic report checklist:

How do I submit a noise impact and sound insulation assessment?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your noise impact and sound insulation assessment after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications  (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your noise impact and sound insulation assessment along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting a noise impact and sound insulation assessment, please see the following links below: