Everybody should expect some degree of noise in their neighbourhood from time to time. Hamilton City Council manages noise complaints and enforcement under the Resource Management Act 1991.
Noise control is not intended to regulate everyday residential activities such as mowing lawns and vehicles driving on the road, etc.
The Resource Management Act 1991
The noise control provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 are designed to:
- Protect people from unreasonable and excessive noise
- Provide effective noise control in our community
- Protect the rights of people and industry to make a reasonable level of noise.
The Act points out that it is your duty, as an occupier of land, not to make noise that disturbs or annoys people by ensuring noise does not exceed a reasonable level.
Being a good neighbour
There are some things that you can keep in mind although you cannot get a permit to make noise for a party, or play your stereo on full or to use that skill saw
- Be considerate of your neighbours
- Ensure burglar alarms cut off after 15 minutes
- Ensure car alarms are installed correctly and are not overly sensitive or faulty
- Inform neighbours in advance about a party or invite your neighbours
- Advise neighbours of planned work on your section that may be noisy
- Minimise noise travelling from your property by keeping doors or windows closed
- Turn down the noise at a reasonable hour at night (10pm)
- Don't start up noisy equipment such as chainsaws early in the mornings or late in the evenings