Noise

NOISE

Noise can be an issue in high density residential areas such as Mosman Park. The Town’s Environmental Health Officer can assist residents with on-going noise issues under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997. Please click on the links below for further information on the most common noise issues experienced by Mosman Park residents and businesses.

Complaints

The Noise Regulations cover a broad scope of noise related issues (not just those addressed above), so please contact the Town’s Environmental Health Officer if you have any concerns regarding noise related issues in your area.

For information on how to bring a noise issue to the attention of the Town, please click here .

Construction Noise

The Town regularly receives complaints about construction noise. Residents should be aware that construction sites are exempt from the allowable decibel levels (as per Regulation 7 of the Noise Regulations), however have restrictions on the hours that they can work:

  • From 7:00am to 7:00pm, Mondays to Saturdays, or as stated on the Building Permit issued by the Town of Mosman Park.
  • Not to work on Sundays and Public Holidays

Radios and trucks arriving or delivering goods before 7:00am must still comply with the time restrictions as stipulated in the Noise Regulations.

Exemptions can be granted to work outside of these times by the Town’s CEO, however a formal application must be made and submitted with a suitable noise management plan at least 7 days prior to the out of hours work to be undertaken. Please contact the Town’s Environmental Health Officer for further information on exemptions.

Party Noise, Stereo Noise and Security Alarms

Generally, any noise from a stereo or party should not be heard at the property boundary to be compliant with the Noise Regulations.

If you are planning on holding a party at your residence, there are steps that you can take to ensure you are not creating a noise issue. It is best to inform your neighbours of the details of your party, including the date, start and end times, and a contact number if practicable. Try to hold your party indoors if possible and remember to keep the noise level from your stereo to a minimum.

For noise issues related to parties, stereo noise and foul or abusive language or security alarms, please contact the Police for further investigation. The Police have the authority to turn off music, fine and confiscate equipment, and can switch off security alarms if they have been running for more than 30 minutes.

If an individual wishes to make a noise complaint for police to attend, please call 131 444.
However, if an individual wishes to speak with a Police Officer in relation to an ongoing problem then they are to call Cottesloe Police Station on 9286 7777 during business hours.

  Address: 166 Curtin Avenue, Cottesloe WA 6011

If the noise issue is regularly occurring and Police interaction has not helped minimize the noise emissions, please notify the Town’s Environmental Health Officer in writing and refer to the Town’s Noise Complaints Procedure below – please click here .

Musical Instruments and Domestic Machinery

Regulation 14 of the Noise Regulations outlines the restrictions for noise from “specified equipment” used on residential premises. Specified equipment is defined as any item of equipment which requires the constant presence of an operator for normal use. This includes power tools, musical instruments, lawn mowers, and any other hand operated machinery.

Use of specified equipment on residential premises is exempt from the allowable decibel levels on any day between:

  • 7:00am to 7:00pm Mondays to Saturdays; and
  • 9:00am to 7:00pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Specified equipment such as lawn mowers and power tools can not be used for more than 2 hours per day and only within the time frames specified above. Musical instruments, amplified music and other such equipment can not be used for more than 1 hour per day. These time frames are not accumulative, meaning that the time allowed begins when such equipment is initially used.

Specified equipment must be used in a reasonable manner and must not unreasonably interfere with the health, welfare, convenience, comfort or amenity of an occupier of a premise receiving the noise.

Air Conditioner Noise

With Perth’s unique environment, many householders are considering the installation of air conditioners to escape the summer heat. Noise from air conditioners can have significant impacts on people’s health. Noise pollution can become an issue if due consideration is not given to the type and location of air conditioning systems.

The Town frequently receives complaints, particularly during the warmer months, from irritated residents, whose neighbour’s air conditioning unit is causing highly noticeable noise that disturbs their sleep or unreasonably interferes with the quiet amenity of the surrounding neighbourhood.
When noise emitted from an air conditioning system exceeds the permitted levels stipulated under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997, Councils Environmental Health Officers may:

  • Place restrictions on the hours during which the air conditioning system can be used;
  • Serve an infringement notice, environmental protection notice or noise abatement direction on the owner / occupier; and/or
  • Initiate legal proceedings for prosecution.

It is highly recommended that anyone considering installing an air conditioning system read the Department of Environment and Conservation’s “Installers Guide to Air Conditioner Noise” – Please click here to view.

Noise Complaints Procedure

If you are experiencing difficulties with a noisy neighbour, the Town strongly recommends that you approach them in a calm and diplomatic manner, to speak about the issue, with the hope of coming to a quick resolution. Remember that they may not be aware of the discomfort that they are causing you!

If after speaking with your neighbour you are still experiencing difficulties, there are a few steps that you can take. Please see the Town’s Noise Complaint Matrix (below).

If it becomes apparent that the noise issue is a continuing occurrence, you may notify the Town in writing using the Town of Mosman Park Noise Complaint Form. The Town’s Environmental Health Officer will handle your complaint in order of priority under the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997, which sets prescribed standards and defines procedures and penalties if these standards are exceeded. Please ensure that you include as much detail as possible including addresses, telephone contact numbers, type and frequency of the noise, any actions you have taken thus far and how the noise is affecting you. The Town will not be able to pursue any noise complaint made unless it is submitted in writing.
 

Noise Complaints Matrix

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