State environment protection policy
The goal of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) (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. However, SEPP N-2 governs the noise emitted from music entertainment venues, and this policy must be complied with at all times.
There are special requirements for outdoor venue noise. This page clarifies the requirements of SEPP N-2 for outdoor venue noise only. For indoor venue noise, see here.