Neighbourhood Noise

Neighbourhood Noise

Neighbourhood noise which includes noises from animals, alarms, machines and parties can cause annoyance and tension in the community.

The following table outlines various noise sources, when they are permitted and who to contact to complain about any breaches.

Noise source - from residential premises Time when the noise is permitted to be heard in a habitable* room in a neighbour's residence Contact
Power tools and equipment (powered gardens tools - e.g. lawn mowers and leaf blowers - electric and pneumatic tools, chainsaws, circular saws, gas or air compressors and swimming pool or spa pumps) 7am to 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays, 8am to 8pm on Sundays and public holidays 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) 8am to 10pm on Monday to Thursday, 8am to midnight on Friday, Saturday or any day preceding a public holiday Local Council or police
Air conditioners and heat pump water heaters 7am to 10pm on weekdays, 8am to 10pm on weekends and public holidays Local Council or police
Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving residential properties) 7am to 8pm on weekdays, 8am to 8pm on weekends and public holidays Local Council or police
Refrigeration units fitted to motor vehicles (this applies whether or not the vehicle is located on a residential property) 7am to 8pm on weekdays, 8am to 8pm on weekends and public holidays

Local Council or police

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

SOURCE: Dealing with neighbourhood noise, NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, 2010.