The Shire enforces noise regulations to create a comfortable living environment for residents and visitors. Find out about noise regulations in the Shire, including how to make a noise complaint.
The Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 stipulate the decibel levels permitted at certain times and days.
The regulations have been designed to ensure the public is not exposed to unreasonable noise while still enabling normal activities to occur, including lawn mowing, public events, and music practice.
The following guidelines provide general information about allowable noise levels and times.
When purchasing new equipment, you should look for the quietest model available. Equipment should be positioned where it creates the least possible disturbance to others.
Noisy construction work on building sites can be carried out from Monday to Saturday, between 7am to 7pm.
Construction activities must comply with the Australian Standard 2436 – 2010 Guide to Noise and Vibration Control on Construction, Demolition and Maintenance Sites.
Equipment and methods used should be the quietest reasonably available or possible.
Associated construction noise, such as loud radios, is not permitted to exceed the prescribed decibel levels and must be managed accordingly. Quiet work, such as painting, is permitted at any time, including Sundays and public holidays, but only if the associated noise complies with the regulations.
Reversing beepers on vehicles should be the broadband type or similar. Loud, continual ‘beeping’ is unlikely to comply with noise regulations because it is not the quietest equipment available.
For enquiries or complaints regarding construction noise please contact the site supervisor. The site supervisor contact number should be displayed on the site at all times during construction.
The Shire may approve construction or maintenance work outside the permitted hours subject to valid reasons, relevant approval conditions, and an approved noise management plan.
Generally, noise associated with sporting activities in parks, ovals, schools or other specific venues is permitted and does not require approval or notification.
The Police can be contacted after-hours to deal with party noise or anti-social behaviour. Call Margaret River Police on (08) 9757 2222 or Augusta Police on (08) 9758 3900.
If you are holding a party, try to notify neighbours in advance, keep the music as low as possible, and switch off your sound system at a reasonable hour.
If the noise is disruptive and not covered by one of the above exemptions, try to first resolve the issue by speaking politely and respectfully to the person responsible. The culprit may be unaware of the issue. If this does not resolve the problem, you may consider mediation, contacting the Police, or lodging a noise complaint with the Shire.
To make a formal noise complaint, please complete the form below and submit it in person or email to [email protected]
Note: All complaints are treated anonymously.
How the Shire handles noise complaints
In most cases, complaints will be resolved by an Environmental Health Officer contacting the owner/occupier of the property where the noise is occurring.
If this does not resolve the issue, the officer may take decibel level readings. These measurements may result in an enforcement action, including infringement notices, the seizure of equipment, noise abatement directions, and environmental protection notices.
More information and contact
Report any issues via the Report It/Request It form.