About Community Advisory Panel on Neighbourhood Noise
Neighbourhood noise can be a complex issue, and may be the cause of unhappiness between neighbours. There has been an increased number of feedback cases pertaining to noise since 2020, which is likely due to the increased number of residents staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The set-up of a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) on Neighbourhood Noise was announced by Senior Minister of State for National Development, Ms Sim Ann, at the 2022 Committee of Supply Debate on 8 March 2022.
The Panel aims to define what is deemed as unacceptable noise disturbances and what constitutes good community norms that residents should observe to reduce noise disturbances to their neighbours. In particular, the CAP will look at noise from neighbours and congregational noise in common areas.
The norms recommended by the Panel will help neighbours to have a common expectation of acceptable noise levels, and better communicate with one another, as well as facilitate mediation and decision-making at the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal.
The CAP will conduct extensive consultation with the public in the course of developing the proposed community norms, and will submit their recommendations by end-2022.
Recommendations on Neighbourhood Noise
Drawing from the inputs gathered from the public engagements, CAP has produced a report with their recommendations to manage neighbourhood noise. The report includes CAP’s definition of acceptable and unacceptable noises in the community, and their proposed community norms for residents to adopt to mitigate noise disturbances to their neighbours:
i. Resolve issues with neighbours through informal discussions and relationship building, instead of approaching the authorities to intervene in the first instance
ii. Adhere to the quiet hours, which CAP recommended to be extended to between 10pm to 8am
iii. Practice considerate behaviours to create a peaceful and harmonious living environment within and outside the quiet hours
The report also highlights that community norms alone are insufficient to manage the issue. Hence, the Panel has recommended for the Government to review the process to manage disputes over community noise, appropriately and efficaciously supported by enforcement powers. Please refer to the reports below (click on the images to find out more).
|Recommendation Summary Infographics
|Full Recommendation Report
CAP would like to thank the members of the public who have contributed to this report by sharing their experiences with us. Your views and perspectives has helped guide the Panel in their deliberation of a set of norms for the community. While the Panel is unable to cover the needs of every individual, we hope that our recommendations will address the crux of the noise issue and lead to a better overall outcome for the community.
The public engagements are now closed. The Community Advisory Panel would like to thank participants for taking time to share your views. Over the past few months, the Panel has heard from close to 4,400 members of the public on their experiences and suggestions for neighbourhood noise through the various engagements conducted. The Panel has seen a wide range of perspectives from the participants, and has summarised the findings below.
Key Findings from Public Consultations Conducted by CAP (click image to find out more)