Noise abatement legislation

In the legislation concerning environmental protection noise abatement is a more important part of integrated pollution prevention than ever before.

The central goals and tools for noise abatement are laid down in the Environmental Protection Act and Decree that came into effect in September 2014.

  • Environmental Protection Act (527/2014, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Environmental Protection Decree (713/2014, in Finnish, Finlex)

The Noise Abatement Act and Decree were repealed in connection with the reform of the environmental protection legislation. However, the general guidelines and provisions laid down in the Noise Abatement Act remain in effect.

The Finnish Government has issued the following decisions and decrees on noise abatement:

  • Government Decision on Guideline Values for Noise Levels (993/1992, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decision on Guideline Values for Noise Levels Caused by Shooting Ranges (53/1997, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decree on Noise Emission Levels from Equipment for Outdoor Use (621/2001, Finlex)
  • Government Decree on Noise Mapping and Action Plans for Noise Abatement Required by the European Community (801/2004, in Finnish, Finlex)
In August 2015 the Government Decree on Guideline Values for Outside Noise Levels of Wind Turbines was adopted.

Provisions relating to noise abatement are also included in other legislation, in particular:

  • Land Use and Building Act (132/1999, Finlex)
  • Nature Conservation Act (1096/1996, Finlex)
  • Act on Compensation for Environmental Damage (737/1994, Finlex)
  • Health Protection Act (763/1994 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Act on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure (468/1994, pdf)
  • Cross-Country Traffic Act (1710/1995, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Highways Act (503/2005, Finlex)
  • Aviation Act (1194/2009, Finlex)
  • Aviation Act (281/1995, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Vehicles Act (1090/2002, Finlex) and related Ministry of Transport and Communication's decrees (1248/2002, pdf), (1250/2002, in Finnish, Finlex) and (274/2006, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Waterborne Traffic Act (463/1996, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Waterborne Traffic Decree (124/1997, in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Act on the Safety of and Emission Requirements for Recreational Craft (621/2005, in Finnish, Finlex); Government Decree on the Safety and Noise Emissions of Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft and Government Decree on the Noise and Exhaust Gas Emissions of Engines Installed in Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft (748/2005, in Finnish, Finlex), issued by virtue of the act
  • Adjoining Properties Act (26/1920, in Finnish, Finlex)

Further information

Environment Counsellor Ari Saarinen, tel. +358 295 250 257, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2013-07-30 at 11:04, updated 2017-03-14 at 12:36