|Authors:||Marika Kolbenstvedt, Astrid Helene Amundsen, Tor Lerstang, Eyjolf Osmundsen|
The study comprises investigations of how existing noise regulations are applied in planning and decision making processes in Norway. Data has been collected through questionnaires sent to environmental and health authorities in all counties, investigation of noise concerns in Norwegian EIA reports and practice and of noise concerns in local municipal land use planning, the follow up of noise in decisions related to formal disagreements between authorities and noise assessments in the National Transport Plan 2002-2011. The report points out a number of areas for improvement, starting with the need for more comprehensive and less fragmented regulations, especially related to land use planning at various levels. There is a clear need for guidance on formal requirements and good practice directed towards planners in the municipalities. Developing further professional competence through education and establishment of professional networks between various actors is recommended.