Under the Environment Protection Act 1970, EPA is responsible for making regulations and developing guidelines for controlling residential noise. This includes the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018. These regulations list noise sources and what times noise is unreasonable. The regulations apply only when your neighbours can hear the noise in their home.  

EPA has also developed guidelines to help explain what noise might be unreasonable, and how to assess noise, including:  

Why EPA doesn’t investigate residential noise complaints

While we make noise law, it isn’t EPA’s role to investigate noise complaints from residences. You should report your noise complaint to your local council, who will also investigate it. Outside business hours, you can report residential noise, such as loud music from parties, to the police.  

Councils and police use the Environment Protection Act 1970, the Regulations and EPA guidelines to help with their investigations. We can also advise them on the best way to apply the law when it comes to noise.  

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Reviewed 5 August 2020