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 issue here.

Guidance on noise that may be dangerous to health or offensive

The prohibited times apply when the noise can be heard on a neighbouring or nearby property. These are the times we use as a guide to consider whether the noise is a nuisance, however any residential noise can still be considered unreasonable outside the prohibited times.

Group Item Prohibited time

1

A motor vehicle (other than a vehicle moving in or out of premises), lawn mower or other grass cutting device and any equipment or appliance with an internal combustion engine that does not fall with Group 2.

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 any other impacting tool or grinding equipment.

Monday to Friday:

before 7am and after 8pm.

Weekends and public holidays: before 9am and after 8pm.

3

Heating equipment (including central heating, a hot water system or a heat pump, air conditioner or split system used for heating), a vacuum cleaner, swimming pool pump, spa pump and water pump (other than a pump being used to fill a header tank).

Monday to Friday: Before 7am and after 10pm

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

4

An air conditioner, evaporative cooler or split system used for cooling.

Monday to Friday:

before 7am and after 11pm.

Weekends and public holidays: before 9am and after 11pm

5

A musical instrument and any electrical amplified sound reproducing equipment including a stereo, 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 9 am and after 11pm.

Sunday:

before 9am and after 10pm.

 6  Any electric equipment or appliance that does not fall within Group 2 to 5, including electric gardening equipment, other than electric equipment or appliances for personal care or grooming, or equipment for heating, refrigeration or preparation of food. 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 10 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.

Further information on barking dogs and how to report them.

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.