Noise

It is an offence to create unreasonable noise that is detrimental to the amenity of the area or that offends others. This includes music, repairs and maintenance, domestic activities and heating and cooling equipment.

Unreasonable noise relates to:

  • its volume, intensity, character or duration 
  • the time, place and other circumstances in which it is emitted

Report a noise complaint via our online form.

Residential noise

It is an offence to breach the following time restrictions, if the noise can be heard in a habitable room in any other residential premises, regardless of whether any door or window giving access to that room is open:

Group  

Item  

Prohibited time   

1  

A vehicle (except one moving in or out of a property) lawn mower or other grass cutting appliance and any equipment or other appliance not falling in group 2, having an internal combustion engine  

Monday to Friday: Before 7am and after 8pm

Weekends and public holidays: Before 9am and after 8pm   

2  

An electric power tool, chain or circular saw, gas or air compressor, pneumatic power tool, hammer and other impacting tool or grinding equipment  

Monday to Friday: Before 7am and after 8pm

Weekends and public holidays: Before 9am and after 8pm   

3  

A domestic air conditioner, swimming pool pump, spa pump, domestic heating equipment (including central heating and hot water systems) and a domestic vacuum cleaner  

Monday to Friday: Before 7am and after 10pm

Weekends and public holidays: Before 9am and after 10pm   

4  

A musical instrument and any electrical amplified sound reproducing equipment including a stereogram, radio, television and public address system  

Monday to Thursday: Before 7am and after 10pm

Friday: Before 7am and after 11pm

Saturday and public holidays: Before 9am and after 11pm

Sunday: Before 9am and after 10pm   

5  

Any electric equipment or appliance not falling within group 2, 3 or 4, including electric gardening equipment  

Monday to Friday: Before 7am and after 8pm

Weekends and public holidays: Before 9am and after 8pm   

 

Alarms

It is an offence to install an intruder alarm that is not automatically rendered inaudible within ten minutes of being activated.

Barking dogs and animal noise complaints

The owner of any premises on which a dog is kept must prevent any unreasonable noise caused by barking. Report barking dog and other animal noise complaints to Council 9932 1000. Out of hours call 9947 4685.

Car stereos

It is an offence to play unreasonable loud music from a car stereo while parked or driving.             

Entertainment venues

The police have the power to have noise reduced or stopped between midnight and 8am.

Noise from commercial or industrial construction and demolition sites

The owner, builder or any person engaged in any construction or demolition work on a building site relating to any building used or intended to be used for industrial or commercial premises must ensure that any noise coming from the building site is inaudible in a habitable room in any residential premises.

This is regardless of whether any door or window is open, between 6pm to 7am Monday to Saturday, and 1pm Saturday to 7am Monday.

Noise from residential construction sites

The owner, builder or any person engaged in any construction work on residential premises must ensure that any noise coming from the building site is inaudible in a habitable room in any of the other residential premises.

This is regardless of whether any door or window is open, before 7am and after 8pm Monday to Friday, and before 9am and after 8pm on weekends and public holidays.

Emergency works

Utility companies, VicRoads and other agencies may find it necessary to complete repairs and maintenance with or without having first advised nearby residents. The volume of noise and any other disruption to traffic flow or amenity would be beyond Council’s control.

Abutting commercial properties and maintenance of Council’s reserves

The volume, duration and times that noise can be emitted on land abutting residential property may vary outside the hours in the regulations.

EPA noise & construction guidelines

Further information on the rules and regulations of construction projects