What noise is acceptable?
Moreland is a vibrant and diverse city with mixed land uses. As such, some noise is expected and needs to be accepted. However, excessive and unreasonable noise should not be suffered.
A noise being ‘reasonable’ or ‘unreasonable’ depends on circumstances. These can include:
- the day – a weekday or on the weekend
- the time
- how loud the noise is
- duration of the noise
- the source and type of noise, and
- where the noise can be heard, such as inside a bedroom with a window open.
The EPA Booklet - A guide to dealing with residential noise (PDF 2Mb) has more information on how to deal with noise and legal requirements.
Noise from air conditioners or evaporative coolers
The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 lists specific types of equipment and the times frames for when you can use them.
You cannot use your air conditioner or evaporative cooler, or pool or spa pump:
- Monday to Friday, before 7 am and after 10 pm
- Weekends and public holidays, before 9 am and after 10 pm.
The times depend on the type of equipment being used and the day of the week, however some equipment may still be too loud even when used during the appropriate times.
Noise from residential premises
Some noises that you can hear inside a habitable room, such as a bedroom, are automatically unreasonable at certain times and days from adjacent residential properties.
EPA Victoria website has a list of prohibited times for residential noise.
The noise section on EPA website also has tips on how to address common residential noise issues.
Noise from commercial and industrial premises
For a complaint about noise from fixed plant and equipment at commercial and industrial premises, contact the Environment Protection Authority.
Noise from businesses delivering and collecting goods
For businesses delivering goods to businesses based in residential zones, under Moreland City Council General Local Law 2018 (DOC 622Kb), deliveries can only occur within the following times:
- 7 am and 10 pm Monday to Saturday
- 9 am and 10 pm Sunday and public holidays
Businesses wishing to deliver goods outside these times require a permit from Council.
Noise from intruder alarms
Under the Moreland City Council General Local Law 2018 (DOC 622Kb), an intruder alarm must not be heard beyond the property boundary ten minutes after it starts. It must not be reactivated without being manually reset. Make sure any alarms you install meet this requirement.
Noise from entertainment venues
Loud music from entertainment venues can be a problem, especially late at night.
State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) No. N-2 sets noise limit requirements for noise from entertainment venues.
Compliance with this policy is usually included as a condition in venues' liquor licences and/or planning permits.
The policy aims to protect residents from levels of music noise that may affect the beneficial uses of noise sensitive areas, while recognising the community demand for a wide range of musical entertainment.
Following a report, police have the power under section 48AB of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to instruct a venue to abate any entertainment noise after midnight. These directions stay in force until 8 am.
Noise from animals
Visit noisy animals and barking dogs for further details.
How to make a noise complaint
In order for Council to investigate a noise complaint, you should first discuss your issue with a Council Officer. This will enable Council to determine whether the issue should be resolved by Council, provide some advice on managing the issue and ensure that your complaint is managed by the most appropriate unit with Council.
As part of the initial investigation you may be asked to complete a Noise Diary outlining details of the noise and impacts it is having on you. If this is the case the Noise Diary will be forwarded to you as part of the initial complaint discussion.
You can submit the noise diary:
- Online through Report a noise issue
- By mail to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058, or
- In person at any Council Customer Service Centre.
What happens after Council receives your noise complaint
When Council has received your noise diary, a Council Officer will conduct an investigation into the noise. You will be informed of the outcomes of this investigation.
Council Officers may also work with the alleged offending property to try to resolve the situation by offering suggestions on how to reduce noise to an acceptable level.