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Noise disturbances in public spaces <h2 class="sectHeading">Noise pollution</h2><p>​​While everyday sounds are not always disturbing or a health risk, sometimes noise can be so loud that it becomes a serious problem. Street life, music, barking dogs – these are all potential noise pollutants around our homes. </p><p>As a Cape Town resident, you are allowed to report noise in your area. Find out how by following the City Connect link below. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Report/Report-noise-pollution/Report-a-noise-disturbance">Report noise</a> </p></div></div></span> <p>For urgent matters due to extreme noise disturbances, it’s best to call our emergency numbers below. </p><h4>Public Emergency Communications Centre (PECC)<br></h4><p> <em>Telephone:</em><br><strong><em>107 </em></strong> <em>(from a landline)</em><br><em><a>021 480 7700</a> (from a cellphone) </em></p><p> <em>Twitter:</em><br><strong><em>@pecc107</em></strong></p><p>You can also go straight to our <a href="https://eservices1.capetown.gov.za/coct/wapl/zsreq_app/index.html" target="_blank">service requests application<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> and fill out a service request form online. This will take a little longer to finalise, but is trackable and will be sent to the right department. <span>   </span></p><h2 class="sectHeading">What you can do to minimise noise​​​​​​​</h2><p> <strong>As a community member, you can do your bit to prevent noise in your neighbourhood by following these guidelines:</strong></p><ul><li>Keep the level of stereo sound systems, TVs, radios and tape players at a level where they cannot be heard from the street, and always keep the bass level turned as low as possible.</li><li>Avoid hosting “house parties”. It is difficult to get guests to cooperate when they have been drinking. It is better to rather hire a hall or restaurant</li><li>Don’t hoot when meeting or leaving family or friends, and don’t slam car doors or rev engines at night.</li><li>Don’t leave dogs alone for long periods - rather have a friend or neighbour check on them.</li><li>Don’t let your dogs bark - if they do, attend to the cause immediately, and keep them inside at night.</li><li>Don’t carry out noisy DIY jobs in a manner that will cause inconvenience to the neighbours. At least inform them if it is work that must take place and then do this work within reasonable hours.</li><li>Ensure that there is another “key holder” for car and home alarms.</li><li>Make sure that your swimming pool pump and other home equipment is operating silently or acoustically confine the noise.</li><li>Keep noise levels down at all times.</li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​What is noise?</h2><p>We have also compiled a <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/What%20is%20noise.pdf" target="_blank">What is Noise? Handbook</a> which you can download from our documents section. It is intended to help us all work together to control uncomfortable noise levels in our communities.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Noise legislation</h2><p>Legislation is for the effective prevention of various forms of noise pollution.</p><ul><li> The <a href="https://www.gov.za/documents/environment-conservation-act-24-mar-2015-1507" target="_blank">Environment Conservation Act<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> which provides noise regulations.</li><li>The <a href="https://www.gov.za/documents/national-road-traffic-act" target="_blank"> Road Traffic Act</a>, controlling noise levels related to road traffic<i class="icon link-external"></i>.</li><li>The <a href="https://www.conservationconnected.co.za/PDF%20doc/Aviation%20Act.pdf" target="_blank">Aviation Act<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> prevents nuisance in relation to air navigation or aircraft-related issues.</li><li>The <a href="https://www.gov.za/documents/occupational-health-and-safety-act" target="_blank">Occupational Health and Safety Act<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> ensures the safety of persons in the workplace. </li></ul>GP0|#00432231-db1a-4b14-b8f9-8a639ab69fb3;L0|#000432231-db1a-4b14-b8f9-8a639ab69fb3|Noise disturbances in public spaces;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#69af3a35-ae90-45eb-8557-9dcd3cb9880b;GPP|#36dcb5fe-6bfc-4ae9-92d7-8bd08d1f6414;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752Find out the definition of noise, how to minimise noise and how to report a noise disturbance.0

 

 

Western Cape 2013 Noise Control Regulations138074GP0|#e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b;L0|#0e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b|Regulation;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2013-06-19T22:00:00Z
What Is Noise? Handbook539308GP0|#dcc8214b-489e-4c99-a7e9-6bc8bda6e154;L0|#0dcc8214b-489e-4c99-a7e9-6bc8bda6e154|Handbook;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2015-12-31T22:00:00Z

 

 

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