Commercial and Industrial Noise

The City can investigate commercial, industrial and construction noise and respond to complaints. Construction work is permitted between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday only (excluding public holidays). For noise outside these hours, City approval must be received.

The City’s authorised noise officers can investigate various noise sources and complaints from commercial and industrial areas and construction sites. In commercial and industrial areas, the City will generally need to obtain sound level measurements from your property by setting up monitoring equipment.

Construction noise during daytime hours

For works carried out between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays), please note the following conditions:

  • Construction workers cannot start creating excessive noise on building sites until 7am Subject to specific conditions, noise from building sites does not have to meet the permitted decibel levels if carried out between the these times
  • No works creating excessive noise are permitted at all on Sundays or public holidays  
  • Construction Work must be carried out in accordance with the Control of Noise Practices set out in S6 Australian Standard 2436-1981 “Guide to Noise Control on Construction, Maintenance and Demolition Sites” opens in a new window
  • Equipment used for Construction Work must be the quietest reasonably available; and
  • The Chief Executive Officer of the local government may request that a noise management plan be submitted for Construction Work at any time
  • Complaints can often be resolved by contacting the relevant building company, however if early morning noise continues, you can make a complaint with the City’s Health Services.

Out of hours construction noise

For Construction Work done outside the hours shown above:

  • The builder must show that it is reasonably necessary for construction work to be done out of hours and submit an application for approval for out of hours noise
  • The builder must submit a Noise Management Plan to the Manager Environmental Health at least seven days before the construction work starts. This plan must be approved before works commence

The Noise Management Plan must include details of:

  • The need for the construction work to be done out of hours
  • The types of activity that may be noisy
  • Noise level predictions
  • Proposed noise and vibration control measures
  • Proposed methods of noise and vibration monitoring
  • Complaint response procedures.

More information and contact

Please contact Health Services for more information on commercial and industrial noise on 08 9411 3444 or at


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