FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

What can be done about aircraft noise?

Aircraft noise is not currently a statutory nuisance in the UK. It is not covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or the Noise Act 1996, which means that local authorities do not have the legal power to take action on matters of aircraft noise. The CAA, as the UK’s independent aviation regulator, does not have the legal power to prevent aircraft flying over a particular location or at a particular time for environmental reasons (except when considering proposals to establish new, or amend existing Controlled Airspace). With regard to the legal recourse against aircraft noise disturbance, section 76(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 states that:

“No action shall lie in respect of trespass or in respect of nuisance, by reason only of the flight of an aircraft over any property at a height above the ground which, having regard to wind, weather and all the circumstances of the case is reasonable, or the ordinary incidents of such flight, so long as the provisions of any Air Navigation Order and of any orders under section 62 above have been duly complied with.”


Aircraft Noise & Environmental Complaints