Noise Nuisance

Residential noise

Noise that occurs early in the morning, late at night, on weekends or on public holidays can be a nuisance to neighbours.

If you are planning an activity that will make noise, you should let your neighbours know. If your neighbours have any concerns, you may be able to find a way to satisfy them.

If you can't resolve problems about noise, you can make a complaint. We will investigate noise complaints in line with the Environmental Protection Act 1994. In some cases, we may issue a direction notice or on-the-spot fine.

The Environmental Protection Act 1994 sets noise limits for residential areas.

Type of noise Times you can make noise

Building work including:

  • building
  • repairing
  • altering
  • underpinning
  • moving or demolishing a building
  • providing air-conditioning, drainage, heating, lighting, sewerage, ventilation or water supply for a building
  • excavating or filling
  • installing or removing scaffolding

You must not carry out building work that makes audible noise during these hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – not before 6.30am or after 6.30pm
  • Sundays and Public Holidays – no building work permitted

Regulated devices including:

  • compressor
  • ducted vacuuming system
  • generator
  • grass cutter (brush cutter, edge cutter, lawnmower, ride-on mower, string trimmer
  • impacting tool
  • leaf blower
  • oxyacetylene burner
  • electrical, mechanical or pneumatic power tool (chainsaw, drill, electric grinder or sander, electric welder, nail gun)
  • domestic cleaning equipment

You must not carry out an activity on premises using a regulated device that makes audible noise during these hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – not before 7.00am or after 7.00pm
  • Sundays and Public Holidays – not before 8.00am or after 7.00pm

This restriction does not apply to building work (as listed above).

This restriction does apply to a person carrying out building work at their residential property, other than with an owner-builder permit.

 

Swimming pool pumps and spa blowers (electrical, mechanical or pneumatic)

A pump cannot be used during these hours:

  • Not before 7.00am and after 10.00pm if it makes an audible noise
  • Not between 7.00am and 7.00pm if it makes a noise of more than 5dB(A) above the background noise level
  • Not between 7.00pm and 10.00pm if it makes noise above 5dB(A) above the background level

Background noise is noise that is measured in the absence of the problem noise (for example, when the pump is not on)

Air-conditioning equipment

Air-conditioning cannot be used during these hours:

  • Not before 7.00am and after 10.00pm if it makes a noise of more than 3dB(A) above the background level
  • Not between 7.00am and 10.00pm if it makes a noise of more than 5dB(A) above the background level

Background noise is measured in the absence of the problem noise (for example, when an air conditioner or heater is not on)

Refrigeration equipment

Refrigeration equipment cannot be used during these hours:

  • Not before 7.00am and after 10.00pm if it makes a noise of more than 3dB(A) above the background level
  • Not between 7.00am and 10.00pm if it makes a noise of more than 5dB(A) above the background level

Power boat engines – this includes testing, maintenance and flushing the engine

A power boat engine cannot be operated at a premises during these hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – not before 7.00am or after 7.00pm
  • Sundays and Public Holidays – not before 8.00am or after 6.30pm

Who to contact to report noise issues

Type of noise

Who to contact to report an issue

 

Amplified sound including:

  • radios
  • alarms
  • musical instruments
  • gatherings of people, including parties and rowdy behaviour
  • motor vehicles on and off the road
  • noise coming from a motor vehicle including the radio or music
  • motorbikes on and off the road

Police

Policelink 131 444 

Aircraft

Air Services Australia 1300 302 240
Hotels and nightclubs

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR)

13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Barking dogs

Council 07 3412 3412 or email at council@logan.qld.gov.au

Motor vehicle workshops, concrete batching, cabinet makers, sheet metal fabricators, service stations, poultry farms

Council 07 3412 3412 or email at council@logan.qld.gov.au
Home occupations (frequent repairs of vehicles, building of furniture, etc.) Council 07 3412 3412 or email at council@logan.qld.gov.au

Truck parking in residential areas

Council 07 3412 3412 or email at council@logan.qld.gov.au

Construction sites

Council 07 3412 3412 or email at council@logan.qld.gov.au

Large building sites, commercial premises, industrial premises

Council 07 3412 3412 or email at council@logan.qld.gov.au
Greenbank Military Camp Department of Defence 1300 333 362 (switchboard)

How you can help to reduce noise nuisances

This tips may help to reduce noise nuisances in your area.

  • Limit your hours of use and ask neighbours about when noise disturbs them.
  • Only run your pool filters for the time needed to get acceptable water quality.
  • Select your equipment carefully and consider the noise level when you buy new equipment. You could try sweeping instead of using a leaf blower, composting instead of mulching, or electric devices instead of petrol engines.
  • Consider your location and work indoors or in a shed if possible. Closing windows and doors will reduce noise levels. Work as far away as possible from neighbours, bedroom windows and offices.
  • Keep your equipment well maintained – regular maintenance can reduce noise and increase the effectiveness of equipment.
  • Install noise-effective fences or barriers – solid fences with no gaps can help to reduce noise levels.
  • Use an acoustic enclosure – enclosing fixed equipment in a wooden box with an absorbent lining and ventilation will reduce its noise.
  • Consider modifications that could reduce noise, such as mufflers for engine-powered equipment. Contact the manufacturer for advice.