Standards, compliance and planning

Noise from commercial and industrial sites


Guidance on noise from industrial and commercial premises – including industries, shops, offices and other businesses – varies between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. There is more information in our fact sheet How to reduce noise from your business (publication 1481).

Melbourne metropolitan area (SEPP N-1)

In the Melbourne metropolitan area, the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) No. N-1 sets limits for noise from industry:

In current versions of the Adobe Acrobat reader, the SEPP N-1 boundary and the urban growth boundary can be displayed or switched off using the layers tool to the left side of the map.

Calculating zoning levels

The SEPP N-1 method for setting noise limits is based on:

  • the land use planning zones, referred to as a ‘zoning level’
  • the existing background sound level measured in the absence of industry noise.

Contact EPA if you need help calculating the zoning levels when using SEPP N-1 or NIRV for major urban areas.

The industry or regulator will need to measure the background sound levels to obtain the noise limits that apply.

Regional Victoria (NIRV)

Noise from industry in regional Victoria (NIRV) (publication 1411) has two approaches for setting levels for industry noise emissions. The method to use depends on whether you are located in:

  • major urban areas (large regional towns, cities and the outskirts of Melbourne)
  • rural areas.

In major urban areas, NIRV adopts the method of SEPP N-1 for setting recommended noise levels from industry. In rural areas the NIRV method applies.

Areas of Melbourne between the SEPP N-1 boundary and the urban growth boundary are major urban areas. See the maps of SEPP N-1 area above.

Regional cities and towns are also major urban areas. The town names with the population references at the time of publication of NIRV are listed in the table below. Click the name to view the boundary of the major urban area for that town.

For further guidance on SEPP N-1 and NIRV, see the following publications:

Town Population reference
for purpose of NIRV

Ararat

7,067

Bacchus Marsh

13,051

Bairnsdale

11,026

Ballarat

75,015

Benalla

8,951

Bendigo

71,935

Castlemaine

7,074

Clifton Springs

7,995

Colac

10,562

Echuca

12,392

Geelong

136,518

Hamilton

9,484

Healesville

7,223

Horsham

13,290

Lara

10,299

Leopold

7,942

Maryborough

7,237

Mildura

29,054

Moe

15,156

Mooroopna

7,013

Morwell

13,186

Mornington Peninsula

77,097

Ocean Grove

10,767

Portland

9,716

Sale

13,092

Shepparton

28,878

Somerville & Hastings

12,164

Swan Hill

9,702

Torquay

9,468

Traralgon

21,466

Wangaratta

16,749

Warragul

11,345

Warrnambool

28,029

Wodonga

29,535

 

Page last updated on 30 Apr 2013