The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) apply to noise from residential premises, and residential premises 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 (see prohibited times for residential noise).
The Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Regulations apply to all residential premises under construction, from single homes, to large apartment blocks and the early land preparation work on residential subdivisions. They prescribe items and times when their use is prohibited if they can be heard in another residence.
The Regulations were updated in 2018, with minor changes. The key changes are:
- the hours of operation for air conditioners have been expanded, and exemptions put into place during heat health alert periods
- some editorial changes made to prescribed items.
The Regulations are enforced by local government officers and Victoria Police.
To view a copy of the Regulations, please see noise related legislation.