Find out about noise from residences like sound systems and air conditioners, and when it’s considered unreasonable.
‘Residential noise’ is noise coming from a residential property and its surroundings. It can include noise from:
Everyday household activities can cause residential noise and disturb neighbours. Noise can impact your health.
Any noise from a residence can be unreasonable at any time of the day, depending on:
The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018 list noise sources and what times noise is unreasonable. These regulations apply when people in other residences can hear the noise. Noise from items or equipment not listed in the Regulations may be unreasonable at any time.
Learn how unreasonable noise requirements in the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Regulations work together.
EPA also has guidelines about unreasonable noise:
Find out about changes to noise restrictions during coronavirus.
Reviewed 7 July 2021