New Noise Control Regulations

On 1 September 2017, new noise control regulations were introduced.  The permitted time for use of noisy equipment (air conditions and power tools) remain the same, however, the regulations have been strengthened by expanding the definition of noisy equipment.  So, you may want to think twice before you get out that battery operated drill or leaf blower early on a Sunday.

Power Tools

The definition of power tools has been widened and includes battery operated tools.

Power tool means any tool actuated by an additional power source and mechanism other than manual power and includes any of the following:

  • a powered garden tool (that is a tool powered by a petrol engine or an electric motor), including a lawn mower, a lawn trimmer, a blower or sweeper, a garden mulcher an edge cutter or a chipper or shredder;
  • an electric power tool (including battery operated tools);
  • a pneumatic power tool;
  • a chainsaw;
  • a circular saw; or
  • a gas or air compressor.

Speak to Your Neighbour First

Noise is a very common complaint between Neighbours.  Obviously, the first thing to do is to speak to your neighbor and voice your concerns.  If your neighbour continues to make noise you may need to take it to the next level.

Luckily ITC has very nice neighbours who have listened to Miss ITC’s saxophone practice for many years.  In fact, they both noted on different occasions that she sure has improved.

Noise Control Regulations

Set out below is the EPA’s summary of the new noise control provisions.

Dealing with neighbourhood noise NSW EPA


If the noise continues (after you have spoken to your neighbour and the council) you may want to seek mediation through a Community Justice Centre.  The CJC process does not cost money and they have a good success rate.  They are government funded, independent centres that specialize in settling disputes.

You may not even know you are breaching the noise regs.  Take some time to review the permitted times and restrictions and the new definition of power tools.


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