gardening, do-it-yourself, animals, what are the rules to follow?

You may not use your drill, lawn mower or vacuum cleaner at any time of the day or night. Rules for noise from parties and pets must also be observed. We take stock to maintain a good relationship with our neighbors.

It’s tempting to take advantage of your Sunday afternoon to pass the brushcutter or to – finally – hang the frames purchased several weeks ago on the wall. However, these activities generate noise and can disturb your neighbors.

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, there are rules that must be followed regarding noise pollution.

Which sounds are affected?

Pursuant to Article R1336-5 of the Public Health Code, “No particular noise, by its duration, its repetition or its intensity, may affect the tranquility of the neighborhood or human health, in a public or private place, whether a person himself is of origin or through a person’s intervention, a thing over which he has custody. , or an animal placed under his responsibility. “

Noise pollution therefore relates to a wide range of activities and uses: parties, music, gardening, do-it-yourself, cleaning, noisy games, the barking of a dog, etc. During the day. these sounds must be repetitive, intense or last over time to be considered a nuisance. It is therefore not forbidden to tamper or have in the garden at home, as long as the generated noise is not too great.

These are lawn mowers, brushcutters, trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, garden grinders, drills, chainsaws, sanders, vacuum cleaners, fans, heat pumps, sound systems, televisions, fireworks …

What are the working hours?

According to Articles 2212-1 and 2212-2 of the General Code for Local Authorities, these are the town halls and the prefects who have the power determine what times and days may be noisy. Most people rely on advice from the National Noise Council, which allows do-it-yourself and garden activities from 9.00 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 19.30 Monday to Friday, at from 10.00 to 12.00 on Sundays and public holidays.

To find out if the rules have been adapted in your municipality, contact your town hall. In a building, the co-ownership provisions may also provide other times or restrictions.

Between 10pm and 7am, nuisances are considered nocturnal noise, whether repeated, intense or prolonged.

What to do in case of excessive noise?

If your neighbor is making too much noise outside of authorized opening hours, there is appeal. The first thing is to inform him to ask him to stop these noisy activities. In case of failure, you can send him a simple then recommended letter with a copy of the municipal executive order or the co-ownership regulations.

If the stubborn neighbor is a tenant, his landlord must be informed because he is responsible for his tenant’s conduct. Residents of a building can also contact their curator, residents of a municipality can contact their mayor.

Finally, if these amicable approaches do not work, call a mediator or a mediator (a free approach). This is important before going to court. The police or gendarmerie can also be called in to observe the riot. In this case, the perpetrator exposes himself a fine of € 68, increased to € 180 (after 45 days) and confiscation of the item.

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