Residential noise that occurs early in the morning, late at night, on weekends or public holidays can disturb neighbours, disrupt sleep and interfere with lifestyle.
Council helps manage noise at residential premises to ensure compliance with noise standards and emissions criteria under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
The Environmental Protection Act 1994 prescribes noise standards for building work, regulated devices, pumps, air-conditioning equipment, refrigeration equipment and the operation of power boat engines on waterways and at premises.
Council is legally required to enforce these standards. If issues between neighbours cannot be resolved, Council will investigate. Council may issue direction notices or on-the-spot fines if noise standards are not complied to.
A residential noise nuisance occurs if:
- Noise is emitted from an activity outside of the allowable hours outlined below and can be heard at an affected building.
- The level of noise exceeds the allowable limits when heard at an affected building.
- The frequency and/or duration of the noise is considered to be excessive.
- The tonality and pitch of noise is considered to be offensive.
Noise nuisances dealt with by Queensland Police Service
Police Officers, pursuant to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, regulate environmental nuisance caused by excessive noise that is emitted from a place by:
- a musical instrument;
- an appliance for electrically producing or amplifying music or other sounds (televisions, stereos, gaming devices, security alarms etc.);
- a motor vehicle other than a motor vehicle on a road (Note: noise from vehicles on roads is governed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads);
- a gathering of people for a meeting, party, celebration or similar occasion.
- Noise emitted by a motorbike being driven on a place that is not a road (Note: vehicle noise on roads is governed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads).
- Noise emitted from within a motor vehicle on a road or in a public place (e.g. amplified music).
- Contact your local Police Station for further advice.
Noise created by vehicles hooning on the road may be reported to the Hoon Hotline 13 46 66. The vehicle description, registration number and location need to be provided.
The Office of Liquor and Gaming and Regulation (OLGR) regulated noise emitted from premises with a liquor licence (i.e. pubs, clubs, hotels). To lodge a complaint with OLGR telephone 13 74 68.
Body Corporate Complex or Relocatable Home Park
Body Corporates and/or Relocatable Home Park Operators have jurisdiction over environmental nuisances caused from a source within their complex under either the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 or the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003.
Contact your body corporate or complex manager to lodge a complaint.
Noise and permitted hours
The following times relate to the use of regulated devices including the use of regulated devices to perform general building/renovation activities around the home, where a building approval is not required.
Regulated devices - generators, power tools, compressors, and lawn mowers.
|Monday to Saturday||7am to 7pm||Permitted|
|Monday to Saturday||7pm to 7am||NOT permitted|
|Sunday and Public Holidays||8am to 7pm||Permitted|
|Sunday and Public Holidays||7pm to 8am||NOT permitted|
The following times relate to building activities that require a building approval and applies to builders, sub-contractors and other professions engaged to work for, or on behalf of, a builder.
|Monday to Saturday||6.30am to 6.30pm||Permitted|
|Monday to Saturday||6.30pm to 6.30am||NOT permitted|
|Sundays and Public Holidays||n/a||NOT permitted|
Air-conditioning, refrigeration equipment, swimming pool /spa pumps, other pumps
Air-conditioning equipment and refrigeration equipment is permitted to operate all day, every day, however noise from these units should not exceed certain levels.
Pumps can be electrical, mechanical or pneumatic devices such as swimming and spa pool pumps, air pumps or heating/cooling pumps and noise should not exceed certain levels.
|EQUIPMENT||TIMES||DECIBEL / LEVEL|
|Air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment||7am - 10pm||not to exceed 5dB(A) above background noise|
|Air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment||10pm - 7am||not to exceed 3dB(A) above background noise|
|Pumps||7am - 7pm||not to exceed 5dB(A) above background noise|
|Pumps||7pm - 10pm||not to exceed 3dB(A) above background noise|
|Pumps||10pm - 7am||NOT permitted|
Boats and recreational water engines
Power boats and jet-ski's - in waterways - including water skiing, wake boarding or tobogganing/tube riding and use of jet skis for purposes other than fishing.
Power boats and jet-ski's - at premises - power boat engines at a premises, including for the purpose of flushing the engine.
|POWER BOATS / JET SKI'S||TIMES||DAYS||NOISE|
|In waterway||7am to 7pm||Monday to Saturday||Permitted|
|In waterway||7pm to 7am||Monday to Saturday||Permitted, no more than 2mins continuous in 1 location|
|In waterway||8am to 6.30pm||Sunday and Public Holidays||Permitted|
|In waterway||6.30pm to 8am||Sunday and Public Holidays||Permitted, no more than 2mins continuous in 1 location|
|On premise / land (flushing)||7am to 7pm||Monday to Saturday||Permitted|
|On premise / land (flushing)||7pm to 7am||Monday to Saturday||NOT permitted|
|On premise / land (flushing)||8am to 6.30pm||Sunday and Public Holidays||Permitted|
|On premise / land (flushing)||6.30pm to 8am||Sunday and Public Holidays||NOT permitted|
For further information, please call Council’s Environmental Health team on 1300 79 49 29.