The environmental protection regulations of the City of Espoo provide assistance for noise and vibration control. As a general rule, there should be no unnecessary noise made or created near residential or workplace areas. Noise abatement related tasks are divided between different city authorities.
Notification for temporary disturbing noise
Temporary activities causing especially disturbing noise are reported to the Environment Department. In decisions concerning city planning, the Department or the Environmental Committee often present comments on the noise effects of the plan. The Environment Department monitors, controls and promotes noise abatement in Espoo, and carries out related research and surveys.
When do I need to submit a noise notification?
Most temporary activities causing especially disturbing noise must be reported by filing a noise notification. The need for the notification depends on, for example, working hours, duration of the work, and the disturbance caused. For example, crushing works, motor sport events, long-term excavation and pile driving works, other particularly noisy construction and demolition works, as well as large outdoor concerts require a noise notification in addition to the standard information provided. Large public events, air shows, sightseeing flights and fireworks may also be subject to a noise notification.
Temporary works or Eevents requiring a noise notification are described in more detail in section 25 of the environmental protection regulations. If in doubt, contact the Environment Department in good time before the event. In its decision on the notification, the Environment Department lists the measures required for controlling the noise caused by the temporary works or the event.
Assistance for detached house builders in noise matters
The Building Control Department monitors the implementation of noise control related building and zoning regulations. During permit processing, it provides assistance to detached house builders in particular in matters related to noise abatement.
Noise control inside homes and other indoor spaces
The Environmental Health Services monitors noise control inside homes, schools, day-care centres and other indoor spaces, and conducts, on a discretionary basis, measurements on the impact of non-traffic related noise on inhabitants and apartments.
The Public Works Department builds noise barriers near traffic routes and answers related questions.
Land use planning and traffic-related noise
The City Planning Department plans land use and promotes noise control by issuing zoning ordinances. Transport Planning Department monitors development of traffic and studies traffic-related noise for town planning purposes.