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