Noise laws in Paris

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 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?

You can’t:

  • 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

Forms, templates and helpful resources

Letter template to send to person or business causing the noise disturbance

Witness statement form

Find a Judicial Tribunal (court)