Legislation

Noise legislation


State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises)

The SEPP (Control of Music Noise from Public Places) aims to protect residents from levels of music noise that may affect the beneficial uses of noise sensitive areas, while recognising the community demand for a wide range of musical entertainment.

This policy was gazetted as:

A consolidated version of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) No. N-2 has been produced, incorporating the variation. This document has not been published in the Gazette but rather was produced to provide a single source of information to those wishing to read the policy. This is not an authorised version of the policy. View the consolidated policy (PDF 204KB).

An explanatory note for the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) (publication IBN5-90) is also available.

See the entertainment venue noise page for more detail.

State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade)

Recognising that Melbourne’s planning scheme may position industrial areas near residential zones, the SEPP (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) aims to protect people from the effects of noise in these noise-sensitive areas. The policy is also used as a planning tool. The policy requires new and proposed industries to be designed so as to not exceed the noise limits outlined in the SEPP.

This policy was gazetted as:

A consolidated version of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) No. N-1 has been produced, incorporating the first and second variation. This document has not been published in the Gazette but rather was produced to provide a single source of information to those wishing to read the policy. This is not an authorised version of the policy. View the consolidated policy (PDF 421KB).

An explanatory note (publication 1412) and the incorporated document Designation of types of zones and reservations in the metropolitan region planning schemes for the purposes of State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) No. N-1 (publication 316) are also available.

See the commercial and industrial noise page for more information.

Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008

The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 apply to noise from residential premises and residential premises under construction. They list specific types of equipment and their prohibited times. Noise is automatically unreasonable if certain items are audible inside a neighbouring residence during the prohibited times.

Items include motor vehicles, lawn mowers, electrical tools and equipment, domestic heating/cooling equipment, pumps, musical instruments, radios and televisions. Note that these Regulations outline the minimum requirements under the Environment Protection Act 1970 – noise can still be unreasonable even outside the hours listed in these regulations. Any residential noise might be considered unreasonable with regard to its volume, intensity and duration, and the time, place and other circumstances in which it is emitted.

These Regulations also exempt some types of large scale residential premises under construction from application of the items and times.

The Regulations are available online at the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) to view in your browser or download.

See prohibited times for residential noise for more information.

Environment Protection (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations 2013

The Environment Protection (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations 2013 specify standards and test methods for motor vehicle air and noise emissions.

See air regulation and policies.

Noise legistation covered by the EP Act

Residential noise

Entertainment venue noise

  • Section 46
  • Section 48B

Commercial and industrial noise

  • Section 46
  • Section 31A

Motor vehicles

  • Section 48B

Page last updated on 11 Dec 2013