Angus Council has received 1,247 noise complaints in the past four years – and issued just four abatement notices.
Noisy pets are to blame for a large majority of the cases, with 577 protests regarding barking dogs.
Statutory nuisances, which include noise disruption, must be investigated by a council if a complaint is made.
An investigation has found there were 332 complaints in 2015, 381 in 2016, 315 in 2017 and 219 up to August 2018.
Scottish Conservative MP for Angus, Kirstene Hair, said the council was doing a good job in dealing with circumstances which are not always as simple as they first seem.