Nuisance noise

If an emission is found to be an unlawful environmental nuisance, under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, we may issue direction notices and warning notices requiring the person to remedy the contravention. If the responsible person does not comply, we may issue an on the spot fine or commence prosecution. Minimums fines are $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for corporations.

How can I reduce my noise emissions?

  • Consider the time of day and duration of noise required.
  • Investigate the aB(A) level before use.
  • Ensure noise generating apparatus is operated in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Conduct works within a workshop or erect appropriate noise barriers.

Noise standards

The Environmental Protection Act 1994 specifies noise standards for noise emitted from the following:

Pumps (including swimming pool and spa pumps)

  • 7am - 7pm - Noise no louder than 5 dB(A) above background noise level.
  • 7pm -10pm - No more than 3 dB(A) above the background noise level.
  • 10pm-7am - No audible noise permitted.
 

Air-conditioning equipment

  • 7am - 10pm - Noise no louder than 5 dB(A) above background noise level.
  • 10pm - 7am - No more than 3 dB(A) above the background noise level.
 

Regulated devices (including power tools and lawn mowers)

Monday to Saturday

  • 7am - 7pm - Regulated devices may be used.
  • 7pm - 7am - No audible noise permitted.

Sundays and Public Holidays

  • 8am - 7pm - Regulated devices may be used.
  • 7pm - 8am - No audible noise permitted.
 

Building work (including altering or demolishing a building)

Monday to Saturday

  • 6.30am - 6.30pm - Noise from building work allowed.
  • 6.30pm - 6.30am - No audible noise permitted.

Sundays and Public Holidays

  • No audible noise permitted.
 

Refrigeration Equipment

  • 7am - 10pm - No more than 5 dB(A) above the background level.
  • 10pm – 7am - No more than 3 dB(A) above the background level.
 

Indoor venues

  • 7am - 10pm - No more than 5 dB(A) above the background level.
  • 10pm - midnight - No more than 3 dB(A) above the background level.
  • Midnight - 7am - No audible noise permitted.
 

Open-air events

  • Midnight - 7am - No audible noise permitted.
  • 7am - 10pm - No more than 70 dB(A).
  • 10pm - midnight - No more than the lesser of the following: 50 dB(A); or 10 dB(A) above the background level.
 

Amplifier devices other than at indoor venue or open-air event

Monday to Friday

  • 7am – 10pm - No more than 10 dB(A) above the background level.
  • 10pm – 7am - No audible noise permitted.

Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays

  • 8am – 6pm - No more than 10 dB(A) above the background level.
  • 6pm – 8am - No audible noise.
 

Operating power boat engine at premises

Monday to Saturday

  • 7am – 7pm.
  • 7pm – 7am - No audible noise permitted.

Sundays and Public Holidays

  • 8am – 6:30pm.
  • 6:30pm – 8am - No audible noise permitted.
 

Noise not covered by a noise standard (general emission)

When we investigate complaints about noise, we consider the:

  • amount of noise being emitted;
  • duration and rate of noise and the noise's characteristics and qualities;
  • sensitivity of the environment into which the noise is being emitted and the potential impacts;
  • view of other neighbours or complainants.
 

Related information

Environmental nuisance