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Noise pollution is sound at a level that’s annoying, distracting or harmful to a person’s wellbeing.

Noise pollution can come from:

  • neighbours
  • commercial and industrial sites
  • construction sites
  • entertainment venues
  • vehicles, trains and trams.

Ways you can prevent noise pollution include:

  • reducing noise from music
  • looking after your air conditioner
  • letting your neighbours know if you’re planning a noisy activity.

EPA sets rules and guidance to help prevent noise pollution. We investigate commercial and industrial noise. If you drive a noisy vehicle, EPA may require you to get a noise test for your vehicle

If you’re annoyed by a noisy neighbour, try to talk to them first. You can also report residential noise to the police or your local council.

To complain about commercial or industrial noise, call our 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842.

Read next

Learn about noise pollution 

Noise publications  

Residential noise 

Learn about residential noise 

Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018

How to deal with noisy neighbours 

Business and industry noise 

Noise from businesses and industry

Noise from construction

Noise from entertainment venues

Noise from vehicles, trains and trams

Noise from building work: residential subdivisions

Noise from building work: large residential construction

Noise research

Noise research

Noise research: changes and comparisons

Noise research: impacts and times

Noise research: where noise comes from

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Reviewed 12 November 2019