Welcome to the Noise Mapping NI project

Belfast Map

The Noise Mapping NI project is a joint initiative by key public and private sector organisations with the aim of producing strategic Noise Maps for Northern Ireland Opens New Browser Window. The maps have been designed to meet the requirements of European Directive 2002/49/EC  relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise and are intended to inform the production of noise action plans for large urban areas and major transport sources throughout Northern Ireland.

Directive 2002/49/EC Opens New Browser Window– more commonly known as the Environmental Noise Directive (END) – concerns noise from road, rail, air traffic and industry. It focuses on the impact of such noise on individuals, complementing existing European Union (EU) legislation which sets standards for noise emissions from specific sources, and requires:

  • the determination of exposure to environmental noise, through noise mapping;
  • provision of information on environmental noise and its effects to the public;
  • adoption of action plans, based upon noise mapping results, with a view to preventing and reducing environmental noise where necessary and particularly where exposure levels are highest;
  • preservation of environmental noise quality where it is good.

The production of noise maps in Northern Ireland was first piloted in 2004/05 with the development of such maps for an area of Belfast. The Noise Mapping NI project has been delivered by the Department of the Environment in partnership with the Department for Regional Development, Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport. The project also acknowledges the assistance of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland and the Port of Belfast.