What to do about extremely loud dance music from nearby club?
November 30, 2012 9:26 PM   Subscribe

I'm in the city center in Groningen, the Netherlands. It is almost 6.30am. For hour on hour now, I've been listening to throbbing bass from the dance club across the way, and I haven't slept all night. This loud music seems to be a new thing. What should I do?

I live on the second floor (that is, there are two floors between me and the ground) in an apartment that is one street away from a dance club. I've lived here for four years, and never have I heard music from the there. But tonight there has been constant, throbbing bass from the club, such that it is impossible to sleep. The whole building is vibrating with the bass.

I'm afraid they've upgraded their sound system or something, and this is going to be the new status quo every Friday and Saturday night. If so, I'm going to go insane. What are the laws regarding noise in the Netherlands? Who do I complain to? Must I contemplate moving? I'm an American living here, so I'm not even sure where to start.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to Law & Government (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Did you call the police to complain? That should be your first step.
posted by cmonkey at 9:44 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Maybe you can call The Groningen Tourist Information Office and ask them which government agency to contact?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:41 PM on November 30, 2012

Best answer: I feel your pain. I lived in Groningen for a few years, and the noise level was something I never got used to.

However, there are indeed laws, and while I can't find chapter and verse, what you're describing is almost certainly in breach of them. How's your Dutch? Here's the gemeente's page on reporting a noise nuisance.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 2:55 AM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: There's a non emergency policenumber you can call: 0900-8844. This number can be reached 24/7 and will connect you to a local police station.
An alternative is the Meldpunt Overlast (050 587 58 85) which is a local number specifically for stuff like this. They can be reached mo-fr 10.00 - 17.00.
As far as I can tell, the former is most effective during the actual noise, the latter is for recurring problems with noise.
posted by Ms. Next at 3:27 AM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Excellent advise here above. In the meantime, for surviving the weekend you could look into noise-canceling headphones or something. The shops are still open...

Living in Dutch cities is -- different
posted by Namlit at 3:44 AM on December 1, 2012

You can also try earplugs (oordopjes). The best ones I found were the 4-Travel earplugs sold in sets of 6 in Etos on the Herestraat: they're comfortable enough to let you sleep with them in, block noise very effectively and don't fall out overnight.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 4:34 AM on December 1, 2012

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