At some stage it is likely that most people will be disturbed by noise of some form or another. Noise is generated from normal activities whether this is just playing music, entertaining or working around the home. Excessive noise emissions that occur at a frequency, time of day and for a duration to unreasonably affect the health and amenity of surrounding residents are considered an offence.
Noise emissions are excessive if they exceed a permitted decibel level outlined in the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997, or in the case of equipment, where its usage does not meet certain conditions.
Where necessary legal action such as fines, notices and seizure of equipment can be taken under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Both the City and police officers have authority to take action under these laws.
Noise legislation does provide for exemptions for certain types of noise such as construction noise, festivals and "specified equipment". For further information please see the contacts below, containing detailed information on specific noise issues.
The below lists agency responsibilities including contact details:
- Loud parties after hours and burglar alarms that have been sounding for more than 30 minutes contact the police on 131 444.
- Noise from concerts or construction contact the event promoter or construction company if you recieved prior notification, otherwise the City of Karratha on 08 9186 8555.
- Aircraft noise, contact Air Services Australia Noise Complaints and Information Services Hotline on 1800 802 584.
- Traffic noise along major roads, contact Main Roads Western Australia on 138 138.
Very often the best approach for dealing with a neighbour who is causing you concern is to talk to them and work together to resolve the problem. Often people will be unaware that they are disturbing you and discussing this problem early on can help a neighbour understand your concerns and be more considerate in the future.
Tips for talking to neighbours:
- If you decide to speak with your neighbour, plan what you are going to say and remember a pleasant and calm approach is more likely to achieve the desired outcome
- Choose the best time to visit your neighbour and explain how the noise is distressing you and if possible, offer solutions. Some people may feel anxious about talking to neighbours and it is understandable if a resident does not feel comfortable in approaching them in this way
If you would like to report a noise issue, please email the environmental health team at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Report It platform. A short video on how to add this resource to the homescreen of your smartphone is available here.