Noise Nuisance

For Council to respond to a complaint, the nuisance must relate to residential or commercial land not regulated by other government agencies.

Unwanted noise can negatively affect a person's health and well being. Not only can it cause hearing loss, but it may affect people through annoyance, sleep interference, stress, loss of productivity and a general reduction in the quality of life.

The actual loudness, including the frequency, tone and vibrations of a sound may only be one component of the effect on people. Other considerations include time, place, duration, source of the sound and whether the person has any control over it.

The most common noise nuisances are barking dogs; pool and spa pumps; regulated devices such as lawn mowers and power tools; and air conditioning equipment.
 
The Environmental Protection Act 1994 places limits on certain activities and the use of certain equipment, these limits are outlined in the Noise Nuisance Guidelines. 
  
The following noise nuisances are not administered by Council:
1. Noise from house alarms is regulated by Queensland Police Service.
2. Noise from loud music and parties is regulated by Queensland Police Service.
3. Noise from licensed premises such as hotels and nightclubs is regulated by The Office of Liquor Licensing and Gaming Regulation.
4. Noise from vehicles and trial bikes is regulated by Queensland Police Service.
5. Noise created by the State Government or Council is administered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection 
6. Noise from non-devolved ERA's is administered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection /