There are a number of factors that can make noise annoying or harmful. These include volume, location, time of the day, and the character of the noise.
Noise can come from a wide range of sources, from dogs barking, to traffic, to noise from industrial premises.
Because of this there are a range of state and local government bodies involved in assessing and controlling noise.
Most noise complaints are managed by local authorities. This includes the use of power tools, noisy air conditioners, and dogs barking. Councils use the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 to manage noise issues.
For domestic people-related noise such as loud music and parties, please contact SAPOL on its general number 131444.
Please check out Neighbourhood nuisance to determine the correct authority to contact regarding your noise or other concerns.
How we regulate
The EPA focuses on dealing with noise complaints from activities of major environmental significance. This includes sites with EPA environmental licences.
The EPA’s role in noise regulation is based on the Environment Protection (Noise) Policy 2007.
The EPA provides expert advice to other government and non-government agencies to help with planning and other purposes.