Noise guide for local government

The noise guide provides practical advice for council officers on planning, assessing, managing and preventing local noise problems.

The guide contains advice on dealing with


  • noise from neighbours
  • noise from commercial or small industrial premises

Contents include


  • the legal framework for noise control
  • key noise assessment procedures
  • technical notes on measuring and assessing noise (including the audibility test and offensive noise test)
  • noise management principles and strategies
  • planning considerations for noise prevention
  • advice on noise offences, penalties, warning requirements and regulatory tools
  • templates for warning notices
  • information about managing specific issues such as noise from air conditioners and water pumps

Council officers can use the guide to develop appropriate procedures and policies for dealing with local noise issues. Council officers can also use the planning considerations in the guide to help prevent potential noise problems from occurring.

The “Noise Guide for Local Government. Update: Changes arising from the Noise Control Regulation 2017” should be used when reading the Noise Guide. This document will help readers navigate changes arising from recent policy changes and the making of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2017.

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