Code of practice on noise from audible intruder alarms 1982

This provides guidance on reducing the incidence of nuisance caused by the ringing of intruder alarms.

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On 1 October 2014 the Control of Noise (Code of Practice on Noise from Audible Intruder Alarms) (Revocation) (England) Order 2014 came into force. As a result the Code of Practice has been withdrawn.

You can read more about the government’s noise policy.



The guidance on minimising annoyance contained within the Code still stands, although it should be noted that the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 introduced new powers for local authorities to deal with noise from audible intruder alarms in their areas.

The Act empowers local authorities to designate ‘alarm notification areas’ in which alarm-holders must nominate a key-holder and notify the local authority of that key-holder’s contact details. It also empowers local authorities to enter premises in order to silence alarms where key-holders cannot be reached or where not in an alarm notification area. These powers of entry apply when an alarm has been sounding for 20 minutes continuously or 1 hour intermittently, and is likely to cause annoyance to those in the vicinity.

Published 27 April 2012