The Environmental Protection Act 1986 and Environment Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 regulate noise limits within the community. Under the Act and regulations persons are able to make reasonable noise unless it affects the amenity and well being of others. The type of noise and location of the premises receiving the noise affect allowable levels. For example, rural areas have lower levels of acceptable noise than areas located near busy roads. If people continually offend then prosecutions may occur.
Please note: noise from aircraft, vehicles on roads and trains is exempt under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997.
The Regulations set out special provisions for specific activities such as construction noise and certain equipment used on residential and rural premises. For example, lawn mowers and power tools should be used after 7am Monday to Saturday and after 9am on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Parties and Functions
If you are planning a function at your premises or undertaking activities that may result in excessive noise, advise your neighbours in advance. This will reduce the likelihood of complaints. If there is excessive unreasonable noise (ie. – party), phone the local police who are authorised officers under the act.
For more information on the noise regulations please contact the Shire for a copy of the noise regulations guidelines or speak to the Manager Environmental Health and Ranger Services, via 9188 4411 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 16 November 2016