Noise Pollution

The Environmental Protection Act 1994 specifies a number of noise sources that local governments are responsible for administering, including:

Air-Conditioning Equipment and Refrigeration equipment

Noise should not exceed the following levels between:

  • 7am to 10pm  the noise is no louder than 5dB(A) above the background noise level; or
  • 10pm to 7am the noise is no louder than 3dB(A) above the background noise level.

Building work

This relates 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.

This does not apply to people building minor structures such as fencing, children’s playhouses or general landscaping.

People constructing minor building structures must comply with the regulated devices’  hours of operation listed below.

A person must not carry out building work in a way that makes audible noise.

Days Times Noise
Monday - Saturday 6.30am to 6.30pm Permitted
Monday - Saturday 6.30pm to 6.30am No audible noise permitted
Sunday and Public Holidays N/A No audible noise permitted

 

Power boats and jet skis – on land
(operating a boat engine at a premise)

This relates to the use of power boats for sporting purposes including water skiing, wake boarding or tobogganing/tube riding and use of jet skis for purposes other than fishing.  

Noise should not exceed the following levels between:

Days Times Noise
Monday - Saturday 7am to 7pm Permitted
Monday - Saturday  7pm to 7am No audible noise permitted
Sunday and Public Holidays 8am to 6.30 Permitted
Sunday and Public Holidays 6.30pm to 8am No audible noise permitted

 

Pumps  

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 the following levels between:

Times Noise
7am to 7pm Noise no louder than 5 decibels above background noise level
7pm to 10pm No more than 3 decibels above background noise level
10pm to 7am No audible noise permitted

 

Regulated devices 

Regulated devices include such items as generators, power tools, compressors, and lawnmowers.  

General building work activity around the home, where the builder is not required to hold a licence or an owner builder permit, must also comply with the following 

Days Times  Noise
Monday - Saturday 7am to 7pm Permitted
Monday - Saturday 7pm to 7am  No audible noise permitted
Sunday and Public Holidays 8am to 7pm Permitted
Sunday and Public Holidays 7pm to 8am No audible noise permitted

 

Responsible authorities

Council is not responsible for investigating all noise complaints.  Other agencies such as Qld Police Service and Queensland Health investigate complaints that are outside the powers of local government.    

Below is a list of common noise issues and the responsible authorities in Queensland to contact.

Table 1 - Regulated devices (such as power tools, lawn mowers, air conditioners, refrigeration units, pool and spa pumps, etc)

Noise type Responsible Authority Contact details
Residential land Council

1300 79 49 29

Commercial land

Council
(unless a State run activity - then Department of Environment & Heritage Protection)

1300 79 49 29 or
1300 130 372
www.ehp.qld.gov.au 

 

Table 2 - Animal noise

Noise type Responsible Authority Contact details
All land - Domestic Council 1300 79 49 29
All land - Commercial boarding kennels Council 1300 79 49 29
All land - Wild or native Department of Environment & Heritage Protection

1300 130 372
www.ehp.qld.gov.au

 

Table 3 - Amplified / music noise

Noise type Responsible authority Contact details
Megaphones / public address system Council 1300 79 49 29
Amplified / musical noise - parties, musical noise, burglar alarms Queensland Police Service 131 444
www.police.qld.gov.au
Concert / event noise Council 1300 79 49 29

 

Table 4 - Liquor licensed premises noise

Noise type Responsible authority Contact details
All noise issues involved licensed premises

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

1300 658 030
www.justice.qld.gov.au

 

 

 

Table 5 - Aircraft noise

Noise type Responsible authority  Contact details
All noise associated with aircrafts

Air Services Australia

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

1300 302 240
airservicesaustralia.com
131 757
casa.gov.au

 

Table 6 - Building work

Noise type Responsible authority Contact details
Residential land Council 1300 79 49 29
Commercial Council 1300 79 49 29

 

Table 7 - Vehicles / motorbike noise

Noise type Responsible authority Contact details
Trucks and machinery on development land Council 1300 79 49 29
Residential land - operation Queensland Police Service 131 444
www.police.qld.gov.au
Residential land - repairs Council 1300 79 49 29
Race track Council 1300 79 49 29

 

Table 8 - Power boats

Noise type Responsible authority Contact details
Residential & Commercial Land (operating a boat engine at a premises) Council 1300 79 49 29
Waterways Department of Natural Resources and Mines

13 74 68
www.dnrm.qld.gov.au

 

Table 9 - Road noise

Noise type Responsible authority Contact details
Major Arterial Roads Department of Main Roads (07) 3834 2011
www.mainroads.qld.gov.au
Traffic Noise – Minor Roads Queensland Police Service 131 444
www.police.qld.gov.au

 

Contact us

For further information, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 49 29 or email enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au