THE ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION (NOISE AND EXECESSIVE VIBRATION POLLUTION) (CONTROL) REGULATIONS, 2009.
These Regulations aim at ensuring the maintenance of a healthy environment for all people in Kenya; the tranquillity of their surroundings and their psychological wellbeing by regulating noise levels and excessive vibration. The Regulations elevate the standards of living of the people by prescribing acceptable noise levels for different facilities and activities. The Regulations prescribe the maximum permissible noise levels from a facility or activity to which a person may be exposed to; provide for the control of noise; and provide for mitigating measures for the reduction of noise. The maximum permissible noise levels are based on the various zones as outlined in the Regulations. These regulations apply even to work places and do not negate the Factories and Other Places of Work (Noise Prevention and Control) Rules, 2005. These Regulations prohibit production of any loud, unreasonable, unnecessary or unusual noise which annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others and the environment. Any person who is likely to be involved in activities that emit noise or excessive vibrations beyond the permissible levels must obtain a license or a permit respectively from the authority.
Disclaimer: Regulations are currently being enforced by the county governments of Kenya.