Renfrewshire Council

Noise nuisance

If you have a problem with domestic noise, you can make a complaint to the council's Noise Enforcement Team.

An officer will investigate your complaint and, where noise is caused by antisocial behaviour and is found to exceed permitted levels, the perpetrator may be issued with a warning notice under the Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004.

Failure to comply with a warning notice may result in a £100 fixed penalty notice being issued. In certain circumstances or times outside our noise service times, the police can also deal with noise complaints.

You can call the Noise Enforcement Team on 07768 988186.

The service is available:

  • Mon - Thurs 8.45am to 4.45pm
  • Fri 8.45am - 3.55pm
  • Outwith these hours, please call Police Scotland on 101

Barking dogs

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons and this can sometimes cause nuisance to your neighbours.

To stop your dog from becoming a nuisance to neighbours, you can take the following steps:

  • Don't leave your dog alone for long periods of time
  • Keep your dog occupied with a toy
  • Praise quiet and calm behaviour
  • Leave the radio on at a low level to give the dog some company
  • Exercise your dog before leaving them for long periods of time
  • Gradually build your dog up to leaving them for a long period of time

If you have a noise complaint regarding a barking dog, please contact the Noise Enforcement Team on 07768 988186.

Burglar alarms

Complaints are regularly received about noise from burglar alarms. Let the council and police know who holds a key for your alarm system. 

This can be done by filling out a notification form (found in related media section of this page) and sending completed copies to environmental services and Police Scotland. This will allow us to contact the key holder and have the alarm checked.

Industrial and commercial noise

If you are disturbed by noise from any other source such as construction sites, pubs and clubs or mobile food outlets, make a complaint to Renfrewshire Council's Communities, Housing and Planning Services during normal office hours.

Your complaint will be investigated and where necessary, action will be taken against those causing the noise disturbance.

The noise enforcement service is part of the Renfrewshire antisocial behaviour strategy delivered by Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland and other community partners.