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The Regulations and Noise limit and assessment protocol for the control of noise from commercial, industrial and trade premises and entertainment venues (publication 1826) (Noise Protocol) set noise limits to control music noise from entertainment venues.
EPA uses the Noise Protocol method to decide if noise is louder than the limits.
When and where we measure music noise
EPA measures music noise across an average of 15 minutes. Music noise is measured:
- in a residential area, or other place where people live or sleep including a hospital, tourist accommodation or hotel
- at places where children learn, such as schools and child care centres
- at tourist accommodation, campgrounds and caravan parks in rural areas, other than when a music event is held outdoors.
Find out more about measuring noise, see the Technical guide: Measuring and analysing industry noise and music noise (publication 1997).
Noise measurements to assess compliance: indoor entertainment venues
The Noise Protocol explains how to measure noise from an indoor entertainment venue. It covers the time periods (day/evening or night) to which noise limits apply.
For the day and evening period, the Noise Protocol measures music noise in decibels as an A-weighted sound pressure level, dB(A). This measure represents the sensitivity of human hearing to how loud a sound is. It applies across a range of frequencies (20Hz to 20,000Hz).
For the night period, the Noise Protocol measures music noise in each octave band from 63Hz to 4000Hz. It measures the music noise in decibels as a linear sound pressure level, dB(Z). This type of measurement is sensitive to the more intrusive musical frequencies, including low frequency bass sounds.
Noise measurements to assess compliance: outdoor entertainment venues
The Noise Protocol sets out how to measure music noise from an outdoor entertainment venue. It measures music noise in decibels as an A-weighted sound pressure level, dB(A).
More about music noise from venues and events
Reviewed 11 August 2021