State environment protection policies

There are two state environment protection policies (SEPPs) about noise.

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

The SEPP (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) aims to protect residents from levels of music noise that may impact them. It also recognises community demand for a wide range of musical entertainment. 

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State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) No. N-1

The SEPP (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) No. N-1 (SEPP N-1) recognises that Melbourne’s planning scheme may position industrial areas near residential zones. The policy aims to protect people from the effects of noise in these noise-sensitive areas.

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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 316a) is also available.

Regulations

Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018

The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018 apply to noise from residential premises and residential premises under construction. They list types of equipment and the times they can’t be used.

The Regulations are available at Victorian Legislation.

Environment Protection (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations 2013

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

The Regulations are available at Victorian Legislation.

Noise legislation

The Environment Protection Act 1970 covers:

Residential noise

Section 48A

Entertainment venue noise

Section 46

Section 48AB

Commercial and industrial noise

Section 46

Section 31A

Motor vehicles

Section 48B 

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State environment protection policies (SEPPs)

Reviewed 18 May 2020