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Noise action planning

The city of Wolfsburg has been active in noise abatement since the 1990s. The background to this is the political will to offer citizens increased noise protection.
Loudspeaker on a pole
Loudspeaker on a pole
Photo: Kurt Michel/pixelio.de

The noise action plan of the city of Wolfsburg is updated every five years.

  • Noise action planning 3rd and 4th stage

    Stage 3

    The city of Wolfsburg must update the noise action plan for road noise every five years in accordance with the "Directive on the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise 2002/49/EC" (EU Environmental Noise Directive, ULR). It is based on the latest noise mapping data from the state of Lower Saxony from April 2018.

    Public participation by citizens took place from March 1 to 31, 2019 and the noise action plan was adopted by Wolfsburg City Council on July 3, 2019.

    The results of the action plan are published on the City of Wolfsburg's website. The noise maps or action plans do not create a legal entitlement to noise protection measures.

    The noise action plan and the noise mapping can be viewed here:

    Stage 4

    The update of the 4th stage noise action plan for 2024 has begun with the noise mapping of the state of Lower Saxony.

    Public participation is to take place from 15.03.2024 - 15.04.2024.

  • 2nd phase Public participation 4th stage (15.03.2024 - 15.04.2024)

    Between March 15 and April 15, 2024, there will be an opportunity to comment on the draft version of the noise action plan as part of the second phase of public participation.
    The draft version can be viewed in the following ways

    All feedback contributes to a basis for a targeted noise protection strategy and is therefore very welcome.

  • Noise mapping of the state of Lower Saxony

    The state of Lower Saxony is responsible for noise mapping. These noise maps serve the affected municipalities as a basis for noise action planning.

    The 34th BImSchV (Noise Mapping Ordinance) specifies the procedure for how noise maps are to be drawn up and forwarded to the EU. At the same time, the ordinance requires that noise maps be disseminated in comprehensible presentation and easily accessible formats for the purpose of informing the public. For this reason, the state of Lower Saxony makes noise maps available to the public and municipalities via the Internet. It is thus possible to create maps (section, information level, and so on) and then download or print them as a document. An online help supports the use of the map server. The noise maps for the 3rd stage according to the EU Environmental Noise Directive have been published in April 2018.

  • Noise action planning of the federal railroad


    A noise action plan is an environmental planning instrument with the aim of drawing up an up-to-date inventory of noise pollution with the participation of the public and on the basis of environmental noise mapping, thus helping to reduce environmental noise pollution in the long term. A noise action plan thus provides a source of information for citizens and a planning basis for cities, municipalities and other decision-makers.
    Until 2015, noise action planning for railroads was carried out by the authorities responsible under state law. On January 1, 2015, responsibility for noise action planning on the main federal railroad lines was transferred to the EBA.
    Since 2018, the Federal Railway Authority has been carrying out nationwide noise action planning on the main federal railroad lines every five years in accordance with the relevant legal requirements and is also involved in the noise action planning of the conurbations.

    Further procedure

    On November 20, 2023, the Federal Railway Authority publishes the draft of the Noise Action Plan for Federal Railways and the second phase of public participation in Round 4 begins.
    Citizens can participate via the participation platform at www.laermaktionsplanung-schiene.de

  • Contact

  • Contact

    City of Wolfsburg
    Department of Citizen Services
    Environmental Office
    Lower immission control authority
    Porschestrasse 49
    38440 Wolfsburg

    Phone: 05361 28-1873
    Fax: 05361 28-1877

    E-mail to the Lower Immission Control Authority

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