Noise

Noise Control

Unreasonable noise levels in the neighbourhood are often a source of annoyance and may impact on people’s health and wellbeing. If you are experiencing noise from a neighbouring property, the first step is to talk to them as this may resolve the matter. Your neighbours may not be aware that their behaviour is disturbing you.

In Western Australia the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 control noise emissions from the majority of noise sources. Both the Shire and the Police have the authority to enforce the noise regulations, which specify the level of noise permitted at the property receiving the noise.

  • The types of noise which the Shire may be able to help with are:
  • Loud stereos
  • Party noise
  • Musical instruments
  • Lawn mowers, power tools and other devices
  • Air conditioners
  • Construction Noise

Noise regulations

Noise Regulations allow the playing of musical instruments in a reasonable manner for up to an hour in any day at the following times:

Between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday; or
Between 9am and 7pm Sundays and public holidays.

Noise from: Loud Music, Parties and Musical Instruments

Noise from stereos, radios and televisions must meet the assigned noise levels at all times. As a guide, if noise emitted from a property is audible inside the receiving property, when the windows and doors are closed, it is unlikely to comply with the regulations.

Should you be planning a party, it is always best to let your neighbours know and advise of the time where music will be switched off. People tend to tolerate noise better if they are expecting it, and have the opportunity to go elsewhere for the evening. It is also helpful to provide a contact name and telephone number to ring if the noise becomes too loud. To reduce the noise level, keep doors and windows closed and do not place speakers outside.

Noise regulations allow the playing of musical instruments in a reasonable manner for up to an hour in any day at the following times:

Between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday; or
Between 9am and 7pm Sundays and public holidays.

You may wish to make arrangements in advance for suitable practice times, to avoid disturbing your neighbours.

Noise from Specified Equipment

Specified equipment is defined in the regulations as any equipment which requires the constant presence of an operator for normal use, such as power tools and lawn mowers.
Specified equipment may be used for two hours per day at the following times:

Between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday; or
Between 9am to 7pm on a Sunday or public holiday.

Noise from Air Conditioners

Air conditioners can lead to noise complaints if they are not installed correctly or are not serviced regularly. When purchasing an air conditioner, compare the sound power levels for different models. The smaller the number of decibels or dB(A), the quieter the air conditioner.
The most important factor in reducing noise nuisance from an air conditioner is the correct positioning of the unit. Installers of equipment have a responsibility under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to ensure that an air conditioner does not emit unreasonable noise.

For advice and assistance on how to resolve a noise problem please call Environmental Health Services on (08) 9531 7777.

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