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Noise Pollution

Noise from many activities or equipment may disturb neighbours, disrupt their sleep and interfere with daily activities. If loud and frequent enough, it can also impact on people’s health or work environment.

Outside Council’s jurisdiction

  • Music, loud stereos, parties, rowdy behaviour and burglar alarms, contact Queensland Police on 13 14 44
  • Offroad noisy vehicles and trail bikes, contact Queensland Police on 13 14 44
  • Onroad noisy vehicles and trail bikes, contact Department of Transport and Main Roads on
    13 23 80
  • Noise from native animals and birds, such as crows - contact the Department of Science and Environment on 13 74 68
  • Noise arising from liquor-licenced premises - contact the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on 13 74 68

Exemptions

The Environmental Protection Act 1994 provides exemptions from noise created from traffic signals, railway signals and road noise, including:

  • Road maintenance
  • Maintaining water and sewerage services
  • Preventing or removing public health risks.

Allowable noise level guidelines

The following information outlines allowed decibel levels for different kind of equipment and activities and the times that they can be used:

Source of Noise

Examples

Allowable Noise Limits

Air Conditioning Unit Equipment

Noise from air-conditioning equipment on a residential property

Any day

7.00am – 10.00pm - no noise louder than 5 decibels above the background noise level.

10.00pm – 7.00am - no noise louder than 3 decibels above the background noise level.

Refrigeration Equipment

Noise from refrigeration equipment includes truck-mounted units

Any day

7.00am – 10.00pm – no noise louder than 5 decibels above the background noise level.

10.00pm – 7.00am – no noise louder than 3 decibels above the background noise level.

Operating power boat engine at a premises

Owners or repairers of power boat engines may run them for testing or maintenance, such as flushing the engine

Monday – Saturday

7.00am – 7.00pm

noise permitted.

7.00pm – 7.00am

no audible noise permitted.

Sundays and Public Holidays

8.00am - 6.30pm - noise permitted.

6.30pm – 8.00am – no audible noise permitted.

Amplifier Devices

Includes loud-hailers, megaphones, public address systems, remote telephone bells and telephone repeater bells

Business day

7.00am – 10.00pm - no noise louder than 10 decibels above the background noise level.

Any other day

8.00am – 6.00pm no noise louder than 10 decibels above the background noise level.

Building and Construction

Includes a person carrying out building work under an owner-builder permit. For example carrying on building work early in the morning, on weekends or public holidays. i.e.  Jack hammering, concrete cutting and pouring. Includes DIY by residents and professional trades persons visiting an established residence

Monday to Saturday

6.30am - 6.30pm - noise permitted.

6.30pm – 6.30am – no audible noise permitted.

Sundays and Public Holidays

No audible noise permitted.

Pumps includes swimming pool pumps & spa blowers

Includes an electrical, mechanical or pneumatic pump (liquid pump, air pump or heat pump

Any day

7am to 7pm - no noise louder than 5 decibels above the background noise level.

7pm to 10pm - no noise louder than 3 decibels above the background noise level.

10pm to 7am - no audible noise permitted.

Machinery and Power Tools (Regulated Devices).

Includes compressors and generators, ducted vacuuming systems, grass cutters (such as mower, lawnmowers and edge cutters), impacting tools (such as hammers and nail guns), leaf blowers and mulchers, oxyacetylene burners and electrical, mechanical or pneumatic power tools (such as chainsaws, drills and sanders) and remote control cars

Monday to Saturday

7.00am – 7.00pm - regulated devices can be used.

7.00pm – 7.00am – no audible noise permitted.

Sundays and Public Holidays

8.00am – 7.00pm – Regulated devices can be used.

7.00pm – 8.00am – no audible noise permitted.

Reducing noise pollution

  • Limit hours of use of noisy equipment and loud music
  • Modify equipment – discuss this with the manufacturer or installer
  • Service equipment regularly as lack of maintenance can cause higher noise levels
  • Carry out testing and maintenance away from neighbours and areas like bedroom windows
  • Erect a solid fence or barrier to help mute any sounds
  • Install an acoustic enclosure around the unit
  • Locate air conditioners as far away as possible from neighbours or sensitive areas, such as bedroom windows or select a quieter model.

Complaints

Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding noise infringements visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

More information

How to reduce noise levels