Noise pollution

Noise pollution
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Noise pollution is anti-social and comes in many different forms. It can be incredibly frustrating, but there are solutions to the problem. Noise Pollution canterbury bankstown Noise pollution is anti-social and comes in many different forms. It can be incredibly frustrating, but there are solutions to the problem.  
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Noise caused by pool pumps, air conditioning units and stereo systems can cause issues in our neighbourhood. They can affect our sleep, interfere with watching our favourite television shows, affect our conversations and even our health. So to help manage neighbourhood noise issues, the NSW State Government introduced time restrictions on the use of certain household equipment and vehicles:

Noise sourceTime restrictions
Power tools

8pm-8am on Sundays and public holidays

8pm-7am on weekdays and Saturdays

Swimming pool and spa pumps

8pm-8am on Sundays and public holidays

8pm-7am on weekdays and Saturdays

Music

Midnight-8am on Friday, Saturday or any day preceding a public holiday.

10pm-8am on any other day

Air conditioner or water heater

10pm-8am on weekends and public holidays

10pm-7am on weekdays

Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving residential premises)

8pm-8am on weekends and public holidays

8pm-7am on weekdays

Refrigeration unit fitted to motor vehicles

8pm-8am on weekends and public holidays

8pm-7am on weekdays ​

 

Council encourages residents to try to solve the problem amicably by talking to the property owner, occupier or managing agent if known. Often people are unaware that they are causing a disturbance.

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2010 provides regulatory measures to control noise emissions from the abovementioned sources and is enforced by Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Officers or the Police. For all other noise disturbances, an officer can issue a direction or notice, if the noise is deemed offensive noise under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

More information

For further information about noise pollution, please contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority on 131 555 or refer to the EPA​ website.

Contact 

If you would like Council to investigate an noise pollution incident, or for more information, contact Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Unit on ​9707 9000.