BBQ etiquette

Avoid unintentionally upsetting your neighbours this BBQ season


As the weather improves we find that time of year upon us once more – BBQ season. Up and down the country, people are dusting off their grills and donning their aprons. But one man’s BBQ is another man’s idea of anti-social behaviour. So, how do you avoid unintentionally upsetting your neighbours?

  • Let them know you’re going to be having a BBQ. You don’t need to invite them, but it might make them reconsider putting the washing machine on that morning.
  • Keep your music down, particularly at night. This is especially important to remember if your BBQ is on a ‘school night’. Your neighbours might need to be up early the next morning, or they may have children who have an early bedtime.
  • If you’re outside at night, try to keep the noise down and be mindful of your neighbour’s open windows if you are smoking.
  • Ask your guests to leave quietly.
  • Be considerate of where your guests park – try not to block your neighbour’s access.

And what about if it’s your neighbour having the BBQ? What can do you?

  • The BBQ might be a one off. Is their noise level unreasonable? Or can you tolerate it this once?
  • If their behaviour is affecting you, and you feel comfortable to do so, knock on their door and talk to them about it. Chances are they didn’t even realise the impact they were having.
  • If you need help tackling anti-social behaviour, call our Customer Service Centre on 0345 141 4663.
  • If it is out of hours, and not an emergency, call 101.
  • If it is an emergency, call 999.

Did you know?

  • Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the local authority can serve an abatement notice requiring to stop producing smoke if it causes a nuisance? 
  • Did you know: The Noise Act 1996 states that the hours of “night” are 11pm to 7am?