Acoustic regulation is increasingly complicated and demanding.

The sound of 31 December 1992 Act has been supplemented by many decrees and orders:

-Decree of 5 May 1995 relating to noise from infrastructure and road improvements.

-Decree of 18 April 1995 in the matter of the fight against the neighbourhood noise

-Decree of 30 June 1999 relative to the acoustic characteristics of residential buildings.

-Orders of 25 April 2003 on the limitation of noise in health facilities and the education institutions.

-Decree and order of 15 December 1998 concerning the requirements applicable to the establishments or premises receiving public and broadcasting on a regular basis of amplified music,.



In France, the prefect of Police is in charge of the implementation of the provisions of the articles of the code of the environment regulating the noise nuisance.


You must:


  • Respect public tranquillity and implement all means to preserve it;
  • Make a design office or a sound engineer a study of impact of noise pollution on the environment;
  • Implement the arrangements prescribed in the impact study aimed at limiting the sound level and emergence to the values laid down in the regulations, including through work; sound insulation and/or the installation of acoustic pressure
  • Respect the maximum threshold and peak level provided for by law in all points of the establishment, so as to protect the hearing received public health and that of the staff;
  • Be able to present this impact study during inspections on-site police services and the Police Prefecture safety inspectors.


Penalties and fines incurred:


The operator may be punished by planned fined for the offences (up to €400 000 and closure of the site) if:

  • The maximum threshold is not met within the institution;
  • The emerging regulatory values required for this activity are not met outside the establishment;
  • It is not able to submit the study of impact of noise pollution on the environment.


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