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

Time restrictions

Power tools

Before 8am or after 8pm on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, or
Before 7am or after 8pm on any other day

Pumps and heat water pumps (including swimming pool and spa pumps)

Before 8am or after 8pm on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, or
Before 7am or after 8pm on any other day

Musical instruments or electrically amplified sound equipment

Before 8am or after midnight on Friday, Saturday or any day immediately before a public holiday, or
Before 8am or after 10pm on any other day

Air conditioner or water heat pump

Before 8am or after 10pm on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, or
Before 7am or after 10pm on any other day

Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving residential premises)

Before 8am or after 8pm on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, or
Before 7am or after 8pm on any other day

Refrigeration unit fitted to motor vehicles

Before 8am or after 8pm on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, or
Before 7am or after 8pm on any other day

If someone is making noise during restricted times

See: What can I do about noisy neighbours?