Noise

Learn what unreasonable noise is, how to deal with noisy neighbours, and how to get approval from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for out-of-hours construction noise.

Unreasonable noise

Noise is an accepted part of living in an urban environment. Unreasonable noise, however, is not.

The Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 defines 'unreasonable noise' for the purposes of Sections 79 and 80 of the Environment Protection Act 1986.

The Department of Environment Regulations website provides more information on noise pollution in Western Australia.

Both the police and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder have the authority to enforce these noise regulations.

Dealing with noisy neighbours

The first and best approach for dealing with noisy neighbours is to discuss the problem with them. Your neighbours may not be aware that their behaviour is disturbing you. This can result in changes that will benefit both parties.

If initial talks with your neighbour do not resolve the problem, you can contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder during office hours, and either the City or the police after hours.

Out-of-hours noise

Regulation 14 of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 defines the times and durations that certain 'specified equipment' can be used on a property. Outside of the hours specified, noise from these equipment must not be heard outside your property line.

Please download the Noise from specified equipment (PDF) information sheet for details.

Permits are also required for noisy construction working taking place outside the above hours.

For noisy work in residential buildings, please download and submit an Application for approval (PDF), to undertake out-of-hours construction work on domestic dwellings or similar, which contains the following sections:

  •  Preamble
  •  Site details
  •  Out of hours work
  •  Failure to comply with the plan
  •  Applicant
  •  Approval
  •  Types of work permitted or prohibited under the plan
  •  Notification of nearest affected residents.

For noisy work in non-residential buildings, please download and submit an Application for approval (PDF), to undertake out-of-hours construction work for non residential building activities which contains the following sections:

  •  Preamble
  •  Site details
  •  Out of hours work
  •  Submission of noise management plan
  •  Failure to comply with the plan
  •  Approval
  •  Notification of nearest affected residents.