Setting and reviewing standards

Review of Residential Noise Regulations


Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is currently reviewing the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 (the Regulations), also known as Residential Noise Regulations, before they expire in October 2018.

What are the Residential Noise Regulations?

The Regulations are an important part of Victoria’s regulatory framework for noise management. They apply to noise from residential premises and residential premises that are 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. These regulations are enforced by Victoria Police  and local government officers.

The review of the Regulations

We are reviewing the Regulations before they expire in October 2018. The review has evaluated the effectiveness of the current Regulations and considered policy options to help protect the community from unreasonable noise.

The review has been informed by research and consultation with key stakeholders, including local government, Victoria Police, the community, and the construction industry. An external reference group with representatives from local government, Victoria Police and other relevant stakeholders was formed in early 2017 to provide feedback and options for the review.

Public submissions are now open

We propose to continue the Regulations, with a few minor changes. To find out more please read our regulatory impact statement (publication 1694).

You can make a submission via these channels:

Submissions close at 5 pm on 18 June 2018.

Page last updated on 9 May 2018