Unreasonable noise

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Any noise can be considered unreasonable at any time due to its intensity, duration or because of the time, place and circumstances in which the noise is being made. It’s an offence for a person to emit 'unreasonable noise' from residential premises.

In the first instance, we encourage you to make every effort to resolve this matter privately. If you want to involve the City of Greater Bendigo you will be issued with a Noise Investigate Diary that is required to be completed for a consecutive 14 days and returned. 

The City takes complaints of this nature very seriously and diaries are a critical investigation tool. If the diary is not completed and returned within 21 days, we will not proceed with an investigation into the matter. Contact will not be made with other persons until a completed diary has been returned for our consideration.

Making a complaint about noise

If you are experiencing unreasonable noise from inside your home, you can contact the City of Greater Bendigo on 5434 6000. 

For individual noise complaints and anti-social behaviour occurring after hours (i.e. private parties) please contact your local police station. 

The City may work collaboratively with the following authorities when investigating noise complaints:  

  • Industrial and commercial noise: Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) 1300 372 842 
  • Licensed venues: Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation 1300 182 457 or Liquor Licensing Inspector, Bendigo Police Station 5448 1300

Rules for making noise in residential areas

Think of your neighbours when you are planning to make noise. There are rules that restrict when you can make certain types of noise. Noise should not be heard from inside another residence. 

Motor vehicles 

A motor vehicle (except a vehicle moving in or out of premises), lawn mower or other grass cutting device and any equipment or appliance with internal combustion engine that is not a power tool.    

Prohibited times: 

Monday to Friday: before 7am and after 8pm. 

Weekends and public holidays: before 9am and after 8pm.      

Power tools, chainsaws etc

An electric power tool, chain or circular saw, gas or air compressor, pneumatic power tool, hammer and any other impacting tool, grinding equipment 

Prohibited times: Monday to Friday: before 7am and after 8pm. Weekends and public holidays: before 9am and after 8pm.      

Air conditioners, pool pumps etc

A domestic air conditioner, swimming pool pump, spa pump, domestic heating equipment (including central heating and hot water systems) and domestic vacuum cleaners.    

Prohibited times: Monday to Friday: before 7am and after 10pm. Weekends and public holidays: before 9am and after 10pm.      

Musical instruments

A musical instrument and any electrical amplified sound reproducing equipment including a stereogram, radio, television and public address system.    

Prohibited times: Monday to Thursday: before 7am and after 10pm. Friday: before 7am and after 11pm. Saturday and public holidays: before 9am and after 11pm. Sunday: before 9am and after 10pm.      

Other electric equipment

Any electric equipment or appliance not falling within Group 2, Group 3, or Group 4, including electric gardening equipment.    

Prohibited times: Monday to Friday: before 7am and after 8pm. Weekends and public holidays: before 9am and after 8pm. 

What happens when a customer lodges a nuisance complaint with our office? Here's a guide to a nuisance investigation procedure 

For more information about residential, commercial, industrial and construction noise in Victoria, go to the Environment Protection Authority website: Noise.

Get help with an ongoing dispute about noise, go to the Department of Justice and Regulation website: Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.

Contact us

For more information about environmental health please contact our office on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]

 

 

Investigation procedures

What happens when a customer lodges a nuisance complaint with our office? Here's a guide to a nuisance investigation procedure.

 

 


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