A noise impact and sound insulation assessment will need to accompany your planning application. This is where:
- your proposed development could change the quality of life for people who live or work nearby due to excessive noise.
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
- 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:
- download: Acoustic report checklist for planning applications (PDF)
How do I submit a noise impact and sound insulation assessment?
If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you can upload your assessment then. This is 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
- 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: