Adoption of revised local area requirements

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 includes the installation, alteration or replacement of plant, ventilation, extraction or air conditioning equipment, a noise, vibration and ventilation assessment will need to accompany your planning application.

The information below provides further details about when a noise, vibration and ventilation 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, vibration and ventilation assessment required?

A noise, vibration and ventilation assessment should accompany applications for developments that include the installation, alteration or replacement of plant, ventilation, extraction or air conditioning equipment.

What information should be included in a noise, vibration and ventilation assessment?

A noise, vibration and ventilation 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 background noise levels (including the cumulative noise levels of all proposed units)
  • any proposed measures to reduce noise, fume emissions and vibration
  • the system manufacturers specification of the 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

How do I submit a noise, vibration and ventilation assessment?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your noise, vibration and ventilation 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.

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, vibration and ventilation 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, vibration and ventilation assessment, please see the following links below: