Most activities generate noise and practicable and reasonable measures should be made to minimise the level of noise generated.
Noise may become a local nuisance if it has an adverse impact on the amenity value of the area which unreasonably interferes or is likely to unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of the area.
Excessive noise is regulated under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act (LN&LC Act) 2016 and the Environment Protection Noise Policy 2007.
The LN&LC Act has specific provision in relation to the following types of noise:
- domestic noise
- construction noise
- industrial and non-domestic noise.
There are several types of domestic noise.
Non-fixed domestic machine noise
Non-fixed domestic machine noise comes from the use of machinery, tools or other equipment that are not fixed in position at a domestic premise. Examples of non-fixed domestic machines include lawn mowers, blower vacs power tools or other similar machinery.
Non-fixed domestic machines such as lawnmowers and power tools can emit significant levels of noise, but are commonly only used for short periods of time. These types of machines must only be used between
- 8 am and 8 pm Monday to Saturday, or
- 9 am and 8 pm on a Sunday.
Fixed domestic machine noise
Fixed domestic machines are those that are installed and operated in a fixed position at domestic premises. Examples of a fixed domestic machine include an air conditioner or a pool pump.
Because of the need for greater protection during night-time to protect amenity and minimise sleep disturbance, lower permissible noise levels for fixed domestic machines apply. A fixed domestic machine must not emit a (continuous) noise level greater than 45 dB(A) between the hours of 10 pm on any day to 7am on the next day.
Noise from people such as parties, loud music, revving cars etc, should be directed to the Police on 131 444.
A Police officer can attend and make a subjective assessment of the noise level, especially if the noise is occurring during the evening, night or early morning.
Certain activities on construction sites are noisy. Although some noise may be unavoidable, it can often be controlled using improved work practices and working within permitted times
Normal construction activity (such as the use of power tools, machinery, hammering and sawing) is only permitted between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm Monday to Saturday. Construction noise is not permitted to occur on a Sunday or a public holiday.
Construction activity related to roads, railways or other public infrastructure is exempt from the construction noise requirements in the Noise Policy and may occur outside of the permitted times.
Industrial and non-domestic noise
The Noise Policy controls the level of noise that should not be exceeded for people living near industrial and other non-domestic premises.
Ideally, factories and houses should not be located near each other; however when they are, both have to accept restrictions. Noise levels that should not be exceeded for both day and night have been set for premises operating in different areas. This allows a balance between the needs of industry and housing.
Daytime noise levels are between the hours of 7am and 10pm on any day. Night time noise levels are between the hours of 10pm on any day to 7am on the next day
Information about aircraft noise can be found here.
Complaints about excessive noise from pets such as dogs, parrots and roosters can be directed to the Service Centre on 8416 6333.