Noise Pollution Rules 2000

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The Madras High Court on Monday expressed anguish over complaints of the unbridled use of cone speakers, which have been banned, as well as the blaring noise of loudspeakers at religious institutions and public meetings. Both the Supreme Court and the High Court had, in the past, come down heavily on such practices.


The word noise is defined as, “a loud, unpleasant or unwanted sound that causes discomfort to ears”.

Noise pollution may be defined as, “The unwanted sound dumped into the atmosphere leading to health hazards”.

Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

A loud speaker or a public address system shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from the authority.

A loud speaker or a public address system or any sound producing instrument or a musical instrument or a sound amplifier shall not be used at night time except in closed premises for communication within, like auditoria, conference rooms, community halls, banquet halls or during a public emergency.

The noise level at the boundary of the public place, where loudspeaker or public address system or any other noise source is being used shall not exceed 10 dB (A) above the ambient noise standards for the area or 75 dB (A) whichever is lower

Restrictions on the use of horns, sound emitting construction equipments and bursting of fire crackers. —

No horn shall be used in silence zones or during night time in residential areas except during a public emergency.

Sound emitting fire crackers shall not be burst in silence zone or during night time.

Sound emitting construction equipments shall not be used or operated during night time in residential areas and silence zones.

They shall come into force into the date of their publication in the official Gazette.