In this guide, we provide a comprehensive overview of the noise laws in Paris, including information on daytime and nighttime noise restrictions, as well as guidance on how to file a noise complaint.
Daytime noise vs nocturnal noise
Noise disturbances are classified into whether it is daytime noise or nocturnal noise.
The night period is from 22 p.m to 7 a.m and the day period extends from 7.am to 22 p.m.
Daytime noise is defined as excessive noise during the day. For noise to be considered a disturbance it must:
- be repeated;
- be intensive;
- over 50 decibels for daytime noise and 30 decibels for nocturnal noise;
- last over time.
What can you do during quiet hours?
- Avoid creating excessive noise that may cause significant disturbance to your neighbors
- Refrain from playing loud music or hosting late-night parties that disrupt the tranquility of the neighborhood
- Do not use loud machinery or tools that generate excessive noise
Examples of noise that is permitted during quiet hours include:
- Children playing quietly
- Normal conversation
- Watching TV or listening to music at a reasonable volume
How to file a noise complaint
You must try and resolve the issue amicably first. You must first send a letter, and then a registered letter with proof of delivery. If the issue cannot be resolved amicably and the noise continues to be a disturbance, you will need to prepare an appeal for a judge and take the noise perpetrator to court. We recommend you request the services of a commissioner of justice to document the noise disturbance, and report the issue to the police. Once you are before the judge you must provide:
- Any letters exchanged
- Statement from the Commissioner of Justice
- Personal statement