What can I do about neighbours playing loud music?

Noise from musical instruments and electrically amplified sound equipment (e.g. radios, TVs, CD and DVD players, and home theatre systems) that can be heard in any habitable rooms of a neighbouring residence must cease during certain times: midnight to 8am on Friday, Saturday or any day preceding a public holiday and 10pm to 8am on any other day.

An offence occurs if the noise continues after a warning has been given by a council or police officer.

Talk to your neighbour

Try to solve the problem amicably by talking to the person who is playing music. They may not realise it is creating a nuisance or is too loud.

The brochure ‘Dealing with neighbourhood noise' outlines the steps you can take to prevent noise issues.

Mediation

If the problem persists, contact a Community Justice Centre (CJC). These centres specialise in settling differences between neighbours. They can arrange mediation between yourself, the person responsible for the noise issue and a CJC representative to help solve the problem. This process is free and has a high success rate.

Contact the local police or council

If mediation is unsuccessful and the noise problem persists, contact your local council. They can investigate your complaint and issue a nuisance order.

View list of NSW councils

Alternatively contact the local police station
By phone: 131 444

The council and police have powers to deal with neighbourhood noise and can issue penalty notices of $200 to an individual.

Seek a noise abatement order

If you want to take action independently of the council, you can seek a noise abatement order from the local court. There are fees for applying for a noise abatement order.

Local court directory

Information about seeking noise abatement orders