Mowing your lawn over Bank Holiday weekend could cost you £5,000, expert warns

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An expert has warned anyone thinking of heading out to the garden for a bit of tidying up on bank holiday Monday could be in line for a hefty fine.

As the late May break approaches, experts are warning that the timing of lawn maintenance can become a contentious issue in residential areas. In the UK, noise regulations exist to ensure that activities such as mowing the lawn do not disrupt the peace, especially during certain hours. Ian Morris, a home expert from About Living, examines the potential fines and legal implications of mowing the lawn at inappropriate times.

While specific rules may differ by council, general guidelines suggest that weekdays between 8am and 8pm are acceptable times for noisy activities. On weekends, noise restrictions are typically stricter, with acceptable times often starting later, around 9am, and ending earlier, around 5pm, reports Birmingham Live.

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Councils usually investigate noise complaints. If they determine that the noise is causing a disturbance, they may issue a warning to stop the activity. If the disturbance persists, the council can issue a Noise Abatement Notice. This legally obliges you to cease creating excessive noise during prohibited hours.

Failure to comply with a Noise Abatement Notice could result in a fine. The fines can be hefty, including £5,000 for residential properties and £20k for businesses.

Councils hold the power to confiscate any equipment that generates excessive noise, ultimately curbing further disturbances. Ian Morris, a residential expert from About Living, advised: "Mowing the lawn at inappropriate times can lead to noise complaints and significant fines in the UK. By understanding and adhering to local noise regulations, you can avoid legal issues and maintain a peaceful neighbourhood environment."

He continued, suggesting that households: "Always check with your local council for specific rules and be considerate of your neighbours to ensure harmonious living conditions."

Furthermore, it may be advantageous to inform your immediate neighbours of your planned gardening schedule, particularly if there happens to be deviation from typical hours due to extraordinary circumstances.

The employment of quieter or electric lawnmowers, which are usually significantly less disruptive than fuel-driven machines, could be beneficial. Constructing natural sound barriers with shrubs or fencing may also serve to reduce the level of noise reaching your neighbours.