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There are special requirements for outdoor venue noise. This page clarifies the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) (SEPP N-2) for outdoor venue noise only. For indoor venue noise, see Entertainment venue noise.
The goal of SEPP N-2 is to protect residents from music noise while recognising the community demand for a wide range of music entertainment.
Generally speaking, no operating licence or general approval is needed from EPA for music venues. A planning permit (for the site) and an event permit (for the event) may be required from the relevant council. SEPP N-2 governs the noise emitted from music entertainment venues and this policy must be complied with at all times. EPA approval for certain events is also required, as outlined below.
For the purpose of SEPP N-2, an outdoor venue means public premises where music is played in the open air.
A marquee used at an outdoor venue should also be considered as an outdoor venue, as the canvas will do little to reduce the sound generated within.
Venues where the facilities allow music to be played indoors, such as a hotel with an indoor band room and an outdoor beer garden, are considered an indoor venue.
SEPP N-2 establishes a number of requirements for outdoor music venues. These requirements include;
There are two key circumstances in which you must seek approval from EPA when planning your event(s):
You will need to make an application to EPA that describes the type of event, how it will be managed and the likely impact on the local community. Should an applicant wish to apply wish to apply under the 'special social significance' criteria, they must outline the reasons for their application, and provide any relevant evidence. See "what is meant by 'special social significance'?" We also expect you to provide a noise management plan.
An application should be submitted to EPA as early as possible, and at least one month before the event date. Mail applications to:
Manager, Development Assessments
Environment Protection Authority Victoria
GPO Box 4395
Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a query on outdoor event noise applications, call the Development Assessments Unit on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).
The occupier and/or event or concert manager or promoter (with operational control) should develop the noise management plan. The plan should address:
You must contact EPA if you wish to hold an event outside these hours. You should contact us at the early stages of event planning. We may allow operations outside of the above hours (clause 27(b) of SEPP N-2) if we are satisfied that either of these is true:
‘Special social significance’ is the most common reason that applicants seek permission to operate outside of the above hours specified in clause 27(b) of SEPP N-2.
Should you wish to apply under the ‘special social significance’ criteria, you should outline why you consider the event to be of ‘special social significance’ and provide any relevant evidence. This may include any of the following:
If you wish to hold more than six concerts in a financial year, you must apply in writing to EPA at least 45 days before the first concert to which the application applies. You must provide to EPA the following information:
When reviewing applications for more than six concerts in a financial year, EPA considers:
EPA cannot allow additional concerts if any of the following are true:
Page last updated on 10 May 2017