Major infrastructure noise can come from large building projects. These include: 

  • tunnels 
  • freeways and toll roads 
  • replacing sewers 
  • building rail lines. 

Common causes of infrastructure noise include: 

  • rock breaking – machines used to break up rock and concrete 
  • piling – boring steel and concrete into the ground 
  • vibratory rolling – machinery rolled over a surface to make it compact 
  • heavy vehicle movement to, from and at the site 
  • other machinery during works. 

Understanding the impacts of major infrastructure noise

Loud and ongoing noise can impact the quality of people’s lives and health. This risk is greatest when construction noise isn’t well managed and it’s near sensitive use areas, including: 

  • people’s homes 
  • people’s workplaces 
  • hospitals. 

For more information see Noise and your health

Reducing noise from major infrastructure projects

EPA does not directly regulate noise from building major infrastructure projects. However, construction noise requirements are usually part of a project’s approval conditions. They should be consistent with the Civil construction, building and demolition guide (publication 1834).

Construction noise from infrastructure projects near sensitive use areas, such as residences, should be minimised. The infrastructure project builder will also have contractual obligations to manage noise and vibration. 

You can report noise from major infrastructure projects

About road repair and maintenance

Noise from road repair and maintenance should be minimised so it doesn’t impact residents. The guidelines and time schedule in the Noise control guidelines (publication 1254) apply to road repair and maintenance.

The road manager, usually Department of Transport or local council, is responsible for managing the noise from roadworks.  

You can report noise from roadworks.

Read more about roadworks and major infrastructure noise

Report roadworks and major infrastructure noise 

Noise and your health

Reviewed 12 January 2021