Noise Pollution

Neighbourhood noise is a frequent cause of nuisance and annoyance for people living in an urban environment where people live in close proximity to other. Music, air-conditioning, power tools, and lawn mowers are everyday items that can cause a noise nuisance. This has been recognized in regulations where time restrictions have been placed on the use of such items.



Electric power tools, pneumatic power tool, compressors, swimming pool/spa pumps and powered garden equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and the like.

  • Restricted between 8pm - 7am weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Restricted between 8pm - 8am Sundays and Public Holidays.

Musical instruments and sound equipment such as radios, sound systems, and public address systems.

  • Restricted between 10pm - 8am Sunday - Thursday.
  • Restricted between 12 midnight - 8am on Friday and Saturday.
  • Restricted between 12 midnight - 8am on any day immediately before a Public Holiday.

Domestic air-conditioners

  • Restricted between 10pm - 7am weekdays.
  • Restricted between 10pm - 8am weekends and Public Holidays.

Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving premises)

  • Restricted between 8pm - 7am on weekdays.
  • Restricted between 8pm - 8am weekends and Public Holidays.

Refrigeration units fitted to motor vehicles

  • Restricted between 8pm - 7am on weekdays.
  • Restricted between 8pm - 8am on weekends and Public Holidays.

Any noise, including the noise caused by the common items listed above, can cause offensive noise at any time due to the absolute level of the noise, the duration of the noise or the characteristic of the noise.

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 gives councils, the police and relevant State Government Departments the authority to investigate and take action where offensive noise is created.

After hours disturbances can be referred to the NSW Police Service.

Noise pollution can be reported to Council via this online form.


Licensed Premises

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), incorporated within the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is the Authorised Regulatory Authority controlling premises that are licenced by them (which are generally the larger industrial premises), and Government Departments or Agencies.

For further information on Council's noise policies contact us on +61 2 9843 0555.