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Noise is unwanted sound. Everyone reacts differently to noise. Noise can disturb neighbours, disrupt their sleep and interfere with their normal daily activities. What can be unbearable for one person may pass almost unnoticed by another. How annoyed we become depends on the loudness, time, place and frequency of the noise. Noise can even impact on people’s health, especially the very young and the elderly.

Should you have a problem with noise, always attempt to discuss the issue directly with the person responsible for the nuisance in order to try and achieve a solution. Give them an appropriate time frame to do something about it. If the situation hasn't changed after that time, it may then be necessary to contact the appropriate authority.

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain noise pollution issues, and shares the responsibility of noise control with other government bodies. Please refer to the information in the next section, which outlines authorities for various noise types.
Aircraft noise Air conditioners
  • Operated on residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council for further clarification.
Amplified and people noise
  • Musical noise (eg. stereo, instrument) - Contact your local office of the Qld Police Service.
  • Parties, rowdy behaviour - Contact your local office of the Qld Police Service.
  • Burglar alarms (eg. house, car) - Contact your local office of the Qld Police Service.
  • Concerts and events - Contact Council for further clarification.
  • Megaphones or public address systems - Contact Council for further clarification.
Building work
  • Residential & commercial - Contact Council for further clarification. Property developers and contractors are subject to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and any relevant development approval conditions. Council may issue development approval conditions that authorise building work outside of the restricted working hours in the Environmental Protection Act 1994. Contact Council to find out more information.
Entertainment venues (e.g. gym, tennis courts, markets, bowling centres)
  • Contact Council for further clarification.
Liquor licensed premises (e.g. pub, club) Power boats
  • On water - Contact Council for further clarification.
  • On land - Contact Council for further clarification.

Regulated devices (e.g. power tools, mowers)
  • Operated on residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council for further clarification.
Swimming pool and spa pumps
  • Operated on residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council for further clarification.
Vehicle noise
  • On private land (e.g. trail bikes) - Contact your local office of the Qld Police Service.
  • On Council land (e.g. trail bikes) - Contact Council for further clarification.
  • On race tracks - Contact Council for further clarification.
  • Noisy vehicle - Contact your local office of Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads.
  • Hoons - Contact your local office of the Qld Police Service.
  • Traffic noise on major arterial roads - Contact your local office of Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads.
  • Traffic noise on minor roads - Contact Council for further clarification.
  • After hours deliveries, refrigerated vehicles - Contact Council for further clarification.
If you would like to make a complaint to Council regarding noise pollution, please contact the Community Contact Centre. You will be required to complete a Nuisance Allegation Form, or provide the information to allow a Community Contact Officer to complete the form for you.  Nuisance Allegation Form