What times are residential noise restrictions in place?

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2017 covers neighbourhood noise laws. There are time restrictions on when noise from residential premises should not be heard inside a neighbour's residence. An offence occurs if the noise continues after a warning has been given by a council or police officer.

Time-of-day noise restrictions

During these times, noise should not be heard in a habitable room in a neighbour's residence.

Noise source – from residential premises Time restrictions when noise should not be heard in a habitable room in a neighbour’s residence Contact
Power tools and equipment (powered garden tools – e.g. lawn mowers and leaf blowers – electric or pneumatic tools, chainsaws, circular saws, gas or air compressors and swimming pool or spa pumps) Before 8am and after 8pm on Sundays and public holidays

Before 7am and after 8pm on any other day
Local council or police
Musical instruments and electrically amplified sound equipment (e.g. radios, TVs, tape recorders, CD and DVD players, and home theatre systems) Before 8am and after midnight on any Friday, Saturday or the day immediately before a public holiday

Before 8am and after 10pm on any other day
Local council or police
Air conditioners and heat pump water heaters Before 8am and after 10pm on weekends and public holidays

Before 7am and after 10pm on any other day
Local council or police
Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving residential premises) Before 8am and after 8pm on weekends and public holidays

Before 7am and after 8pm on any other day
Local council or police
Refrigeration units fitted to motor vehicles (this applies whether or not the vehicle is located on residential premises) Before 8am and after 8pm on weekends and public holidays

Before 7am and after 8pm on any other day
Local council or police

Note: Habitable room means any room other than a garage, storage area, bathroom, laundry, toilet or pantry.

The penalty for breaching the legislation is $200 for individuals and $400 for corporations. The maximum penalty that a court can impose is $5500 for individuals and $11,000 for corporations.

If someone is making noise during restricted times

See: What can I do about noisy neighbours?