Setting and reviewing standards

Review of Residential Noise Regulations

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is currently reviewing the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 (the Regulations), also known as Residential Noise Regulations, before they expire in October 2018.

What are the Residential Noise Regulations?

The Regulations are an important part of Victoria’s regulatory framework for noise management. They apply to noise from residential premises and residential premises that are under construction. They list specific types of equipment and their prohibited times. Noise is automatically unreasonable if certain items are audible inside a neighbouring residence during the prohibited times. These regulations are enforced by Victoria Police  and local government officers.

The review of the Regulations

We are reviewing the Regulations before they expire in October 2018. The review has evaluated the effectiveness of the current Regulations and considered policy options to help protect the community from unreasonable noise.

The review has been informed by research and consultation with key stakeholders, including local government, Victoria Police, the community, and the construction industry. An external reference group with representatives from local government, Victoria Police and other relevant stakeholders was formed in early 2017 to provide feedback and options for the review.

Public submissions

Members of the public were given an opportunity to make submissions during May – June 2018. Thanks to all those who made submissions; your contributions are now being considered. A response to the submissions and the final version of the Regulations will be made available in the coming months.

Page last updated on 22 Jun 2018