People who mow grass over Bank Holiday weekend risk 'substantial' fine

People who mow the lawn over the Bank Holiday weekend are at risk of £5,000 fines. The timing of lawn maintenance can become a contentious issue in residential areas, experts are warning, as the late May Bank Holiday approaches.

In the UK, noise regulations are in place to ensure that activities like mowing the lawn do not disturb the peace, particularly during certain hours. Ian Morris, a home expert from About Living takes a look at the potential fines and legal considerations for mowing the lawn at inappropriate times.

While specific regulations can vary by council, general guidelines suggest weekdays are acceptable times for noisy activities, between 8am and 8pm. On weekends, noise restrictions are usually stricter, with acceptable times often starting later, around 9am, and the acceptable end time around 5pm.

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Typically, the council will investigate noise complaints. If they determine that the noise is causing a disturbance, they may issue a warning to cease the activity. If the disturbance continues, the council can issue a Noise Abatement Notice.

This legally requires you to stop creating excessive noise during prohibited hours. If you fail to comply with a Noise Abatement Notice, you could be fined. The fines can be substantial, including £5,000 for resident properties and £20k for businesses.

In extreme cases, the council has the authority to seize noisy equipment to prevent further disturbances. Ian Morris a home expert from About Living says: "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.

"Always check with your local council for specific rules and be considerate of your neighbours to ensure harmonious living conditions." To avoid fines and maintain good relations with your neighbours, consider informing your neighbours about your lawn care schedule, especially if you need to deviate from usual hours due to special circumstances.

Consider using quieter lawn care equipment or electric mowers, which are generally less noisy than petrol-powered mowers. If possible, create natural sound barriers with hedges or fences to minimise noise reaching your neighbours.