How Late Can You Play Loud Music – 6 Ways to Deal With Neighbors!

Last Updated: June 2nd, 2019

One of the most disturbing things you can encounter these days is having a noisy neighbor blasting your ears drum off late in the night or even early in the morning.

Recent statistics have shown that about 17.9% of the population in Europe have reported suffering from noisy neighbors or street noise. So as you may know by now, it’s a common issue a lot of people have to deal with daily.

Luckily there are noise control acts that are in place that everyone should follow in order to decrease noise level so most people can have a peaceful environment.

How Late Can You Play Loud Music

It varies from country to country due to different laws and regulations, but base on laws in the United States or in the UK on how late you can play loud music is between 11 pm to 7 am.

However, other countries have different rules, while some doesn’t have any rule at all when it comes to playing loud music. But according to my research, I believe that most western countries hours are between 11 pm to 7 am in which you should keep noise level on the low.

Everyone is allowed to play loud music and base on the environment your in, I think it’s safe to say a certain noise level can be exceeded. If you are located in the US, you can read the governing laws here and for those in the UK, you can read the laws here.

How Loud is Too Loud?

Another thing you might want to keep in mind is how loud your volume should be when playing music. If when you step outside you can still hear your music playing then chances are your neighbors can also hear it and may have a problem as well.

Base on research I think a decibel level between 60 to 70 is ok since you’ll be able to have a conversation with your friends without raising your voice but anything exceeding 100 Dbs is considered to be too loud because it will not be possible to communicate with each other without raising your voices.

The Consequence of Playing Loud Music

How Late Can You Play Loud Music

We all enjoy playing music at some point in time because it helps to keep our mind and soul relax but there is a downside when it comes to playing music loud. It can have a negative impact on your health causing hearing loss which is considered to be permanent and cannot be reversed. Playing loud music can even go as far as causing conflict between you and your neighbors.

When Can You Report Someone For Playing Music Too Loud?

It all depends on where you are located, however, in most places, you shouldn’t be hearing loud music between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am weekdays and 12 am to 9 am. Before making a complaint, it’s best if you check with your local noise restrictions because most places are different.

What Can You do if Your Neighbors is Disturbing You With Loud Music?

One of the worst feelings ever is trying to get some sleep only to be woken up by the loud music being played next door. Sleep is very essential for both your health and well-being, so if you find that you are being disturbed and unable to sleep by loud music, then it’s best to take action.

1. Speak to Your Neighbors

The first thing I recommend doing is talking with your neighbor about the loud noise coming from their room and ask them politely if they could lower the volume. Many neighbors will happily turn their music volume down once they know it’s affecting you.

Sometimes your neighbor may not be aware that their music is too loud and that it is affecting the whole neighborhood so letting them know politely that they are being too loud is probably the best action to take.

However, if your neighbor is being difficult after you ask them gently, you probably should move on to the next steps.

2. Call the Police

If your neighbor is being too difficult and the noise is getting out of hand, then the best step you can take is to call the police. Police are usually more than happy to come by and help and they will solve the problem in no time.

If you are afraid to call the police because you don’t want your neighbors to find out, then it’s important to call anonymously or use a phone booth or even let the cops know that you preferred to stay anonymous for your own safety. This will ensure that your neighbors won’t know it’s you who called the cops on them.

3. Report Neighbor to the Council

If you don’t want to get the cops involved but still want to take action, then the best idea to solve the problem is to report your neighbor to your local council. Make sure to explain your problem briefly and the action you took.

You also have the ability to report you’re disturbing noise problem through your local authorities website, all you’ll need to do is a simple google search for your local authority” name and make a complaint.

4. Soundproof Your House

We think the most effective thing you can do even though it comes with a few costs is to soundproof your home. I only recommend this method if you have a few cash to spend.

You should only consider this method if the loud noise continues in your area even after you tried all the steps above.

I know you must be wondering in your mind the amount of work it will take to properly soundproof your home, but I can guarantee that it won’t require much time and you don’t need an expert to get the job done.

You can start by purchasing a soundproof curtain for the windows, add another layer of drywall using green glue and get a door sweep and weatherstripping to close off the cracks and gaps in the doors and windows.

5. Ear Protection

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If you think calling the cops is a bad idea, then another thing you can do is invest in some ear protection such as earplugs, earmuffs and any other ear protection that is able to decrease the sound volume with ease. Here are some ear protections products I recommend.

6. Play Sound Masking Sounds

If none of the methods above works (I know they will) you can purchase a white noise machine. Playing white noise of your choice can be an effective way to mask disruptive sounds that intrude on your peace and quiet.


I really hope this article is everything you need to know about the correct hours that are given to play music loudly and the measures you can take if your neighbors are being annoying. If you are not sure about your time zone, then you can check online. You can also call the authorities if you have any urgent questions.

Thank you for taking the time out to read our article. You can also check out my other articles on the site. if you have any question feel free to let us know by leaving a comment in the comment section below. Thank you.

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