Anyone making unreasonable or excessive noise can be fined up to $10,000. If excessive noise is not reduced to a reasonable level following the issue of an excessive noise direction, the noise control officer accompanied by a Police officer may enter the premises and:

  • Remove whatever is causing the noise; or

  • Render the equipment inoperable; or

  • Lock away or seal whatever is causing the noise; or

  • Take any other steps needed to reduce the noise.

  • You may also face a fine of up to $10,000 if you fail to comply with a direction to reduce the noise to a reasonable level.

The noise control officers may remove equipment, such as stereos and amplifiers, if the owners don't reduce excessive noise to a reasonable level for 72 hours after a written direction has been issued by noise control officers.

What happens to equipment that has been seized?

Any equipment taken by a noise control officer can be reclaimed from the Council offices in Garden Place when we are satisfied that its return will not lead to resumption of noise beyond a reasonable level.

  1. You will be required to complete an application form saying the excessive noise won't continue if the equipment is returned to you.
  2. You will have to provide proof you own the equipment, such as warranty, sale or hire purchase documents including - if possible - serial numbers and provide proof of ID (driver's licence or similar).
  3. Pay the applicable costs incurred (PDF, 117KB) in removing and storing equipment.

If Council receives further complaints after returning your equipment to you, it is unlikely it will return it if seized a second time.

On-going noise problems

For problem places further action can be taken to achieve the required outcome. This includes the issue of a formal abatement notice, issued under the Act. Non-compliance with this notice carries severe penalties.

Immediate fines are also imposed in some cases on non-compliance with either a written direction or an abatement notice. These are called infringement fines and are $500 and $750 respectively.

Page reviewed: 15 Apr 2016 3:32pm