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Kenya - Obtain License to Emit Noise/Vibrations in Excess of Permissible Levels

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  • Licenses are issued by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).
  • Regulations are currently being enforced by the County Governments of Kenya.
  • NEMA offices are located at the Environmental Department of County Governments.

Apply in Person[edit]

  1. Visit the NEMA offices in the environmental department of the County Council Offices to make the application.
  2. Here the environmental officer will briefly interview you to determine the nature of your application and issue you with an application form (APPLICATION FOR A LICENSE TO EMIT NOISE/ VIBRATIONS IN EXCESS OF PERMISSIBLE LEVELS) to fill and complete.
    • Provide accurate information for the information you give will be verified.
  3. You are to attach the following documents with to your application form for submission.
    (i) Police permit allowing the event which will result to the emission of noise/ excess vibration to take place
    (ii)Letter of consent form at least 10 neighbors
  4. Proceed to pay the prescribed application and licensing fees and submit the payment receipt together with the application form. The fees are as follows
    • Application for a license Kshs. 200
    • License fees Kshs.2,000
  5. Your application will then be processed. Processing involves the NEMA officers visiting the proposed site for the event to determine the accuracy of the information given.
  6. After processing the license is usually ready for collection at NEMA offices after 2 days.

  • Adhere to the conditions of license/permit.

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Required Documents[edit]

  1. Dully filled application form
  2. Police permit allowing the event
  3. Letter of consent form at least 10 neighbors

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

National Environment Management Authority,
Popo Road, South C, off Mombasa Road
P.O. Box 67839-00200,
Fax :+( 254)-020-6008997
Tel: 020-2101370, 020-2183718, 020-2307281, 020-2103696
Mobile: 0724 253398, 0735 013046
Incident line: 0786-101100, 0704 846019
Website: NEMA Website
Map Location

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  • Any person with intention to make or cause to be made any loud, unreasonable, unnecessary or unusual noise which annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others and the environment.


  • Application for a license Kshs. 200
  • License Kshs. 2,000
  • Application for a permit Kshs. 500
  • Permit Kshs.5,000


  • 3 months

Documents to Use[edit]

  • Application Forms are provided by the NEMA offices

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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time[edit]

  • Maximum Processing Time: 2 days

Related Videos[edit]

Kenya - Obtain License to Emit Noise Or Vibrations in Excess of Permissible Levels

Kenya - Pata Leseni Kuondoa Noise Au Vibrations kwa Zaidi ya Ngazi Inaruhusiwa

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  • Apply at least two days prior to commencement of an activity
  • Keep the license on your person during the event.

Required Information[edit]

  1. Name of Applicant
  2. Address
  3. ID No. / Passport No.
  4. Telephone number
  5. Mobile
  6. Fax
  7. E-mail
  8. Physical Address of Premises or facility where Noise/Excessive vibrations will be
  9. Produced (Sub-location, Location, Division, District, Street, House Number)
  10. Source of noise
  11. Activity/Purpose
  12. Predicted levels
  13. Describe the neighborhood within a radius of 2 kms (describe whether industrial, residential, commercial and whether it is near a school, hospital or residential area)
  14. State the measures intended to be used in controlling the noise/excessive vibrations (may attach separate sheet)
  15. Intended time of noise/ excessive vibrations emission (indicate time of day)
  16. Date
  17. Signature of Applicant

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Need for the Document[edit]

  • The license is issued by the National Environment Management Authority in order to control noise and excessive vibration pollution for protection of human health and environment.
  • Noise regulations aim at ensuring the maintenance of a healthy environment for all people in Kenya; the tranquility of their surroundings and their psychological wellbeing by regulating noise levels and excessive vibration.

Information which might help[edit]

  • No person in Kenya is to make or cause to be made any loud, unreasonable, unnecessary or unusual noise which annoys, disturbs,injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others and the environment
  • No person in Kenya is to make or cause to be made excessive vibrations which annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health or safety of others and the environment
  • Any person in charge of a party or other social event which occurs on any private or public property shall ensure that the party or event does not produce noise in a loud, annoying or offensive manner such that noise from the party interferes with the comfort, repose, health or safety of members of the public within any building or, outside of a building, or recklessly creates the risk thereof, at a distance of 30 meters or more from the source of such sound.
  • No person shall use any sound-amplifying equipment in such a way that such equipment is or is likely to be heard outside of any building between 9:00 p.m. of any day and 7:30 a.m. of the next day, without a valid license.
  • Where any person uses or plans to use a public-address system which is likely to emit sound outside of a building, such person shall secure a license

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Noise Regulation
Enviromental Management ans Co-ordination (amendment) Act

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  • In determining whether noise is loud, unreasonable, unnecessary or unusual, the following factors may be considered-
(a) time of the day;
(b) proximity to residential area;
(c) whether the noise is recurrent, intermittent or constant;
(d) the level and intensity of the noise;
(e) whether the noise has been enhanced in level or range by any type of electronic or mechanical means; and,
(f) whether the noise can be controlled without much effort or expense to the person making the noise.