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Have your say on the NSW Noise Control Regulation

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is inviting feedback on the draft Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2017 and the accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement. 

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation is critical to managing neighbourhood noise. It controls noise from motor vehicles and marine vessels, and reflects community standards by setting use limits on appliances such as intruder alarms, music amplifiers, air conditioners and powered garden tools.

Proposed changes

The proposed changes aim to

  • improve compliance by aligning labelling and limiting provisions for noisy equipment to international best practice and standards
  • reduce red tape by aligning existing NSW provisions for heavy vehicles to the Heavy Vehicle National Law
  • simplify the Regulation by making minor amendments to the definitions, and removing the bulk of technical procedures and placing them in a new, separate document
  • formalise existing assessment procedures for shooting ranges

The draft Regulation

  • provides straightforward and enforceable statutory controls that can be readily understood and applied
  • retains existing approaches and provisions
  • introduces a number of minor changes to reflect current community standards

What has not changed

The EPA does not propose to increase the penalty levels in the draft Regulation.

There have been no changes to the times in the times-of-use provisions or the marine vessels provisions.

Regulatory Impact Statement

The Regulatory Impact Statement

  • describes the draft Regulation in detail
  • provides an analysis of costs and benefits, together with alternative measures considered

Have your say

The draft Regulation is open for comment from 9.00 am on Friday 9 June to 5.00 pm on Friday 7 July.

The EPA would like to hear your thoughts on the following matters relating to the proposed Regulation

  • whether the proposed Regulation achieves the right balance between the community’s right to peace and quiet and the community’s right to carry out legitimate, although potentially noisy, activities
  • the proposed changes to motor vehicle provisions to remove duplication
  • the proposed changes to the miscellaneous articles provision to allow European Union labelling requirements to be used
  • inclusion of the EPA’s noise assessment procedure for shooting ranges, currently set out in Target Shooting Ranges: Application Note for Assessing Noise Compliance.

Please submit your comments using the response form

  • by email: epa.ncr@epa.nsw.gov.au
  • by post:
    Noise Regulation Review
    Water and Noise Policy Section
    Environment Protection Authority
    PO Box A290
    Sydney South NSW 1232

or fill out the online form below

For more information, consult the 'questions' page. Contact epa.ncr@epa.nsw.gov.au or Environment Line on 131 555 if you still need to find out more.

Submissions will be published on the EPA’s website until 1 September 2017. Identifying contact details will be redacted. If you wish to have your name redacted as well or for your submission to not be published, please ensure your submission is clearly marked.


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Page last updated: 09 June 2017