Commentary

149 Social functions and private parties

ALLOTMENTS, SMALLHOLDINGS AND GARDENS vol 2(3)

149 Social functions and private parties

149 Social functions and private parties

A party with noisy music is probably not a private nuisance if it happens only once in a while, but it may infringe the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 19901 and be subject to a notice from the local authority requiring compliance. The defence of ‘reasonable excuse’ for non-compliance with an order was held not to be available in the case of a birthday party with loud reggae music, air horns and whistles2. An individual seeking to invoke the Environmental Protection Act 1990 need not give an abatement notice first3.

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