The decree published today, co-signed by the Ministers responsible for the Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Culture and Health and Prevention, details the procedures for implementing the decree of 7 August 2017 on the prevention of risks related to noise and amplified sounds. This decree aims to reconcile the objective of sound protection for audiences with the constraints and technical hazards inherent in this type of event, to which professionals and festival organizers are subject.

It thus provides details on the use of equipment available today to the majority of professionals and allows the use of consistent measurement methods to assess noise emission levels. It also details the content of impact studies to be carried out by professionals, especially for outdoor spaces, with the aim of preventing any noise nuisance for residents.

This decree is the result of a wide-ranging consultation between the State and all professionals in the performing arts. It has been the subject of discussions at the National Council of Noise (CNB), which also includes acoustic experts, design offices and associations of residents.

This legislative and regulatory framework will help to align the issues of protection of hearing health, protection of the sound environment, and the organization of shows. It must promote a better cohabitation between residents and artistic creation activities.


Decree of 17 April 2023 on the prevention of risks related to noise and amplified sound