New Noise Regulations for Residential

EPA Victoria has recently released the new Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018 – a new set of regulations that came into effect on 13 October 2018.

A review was undertaken into the former Victorian Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 and as part of that, in 2018 EPA Victoria consulted with the public and key stakeholders. As a result of the review, the Victorian Government released the new Regulations for Victoria.

The new regulations are mostly the same as the previous regulations, with
the following minor changes:

• changes to air conditioner use – reduced prohibited hours and exemptions during a heat health alert period.

• some editorial amendments made to the prescribed items.

What are the Residential Noise Regulations 2018?

The Residential Noise Regulations 2018 are an important part of Victoria’s regulatory framework for noise management.

They apply to noise from residential premises and specify times when the use of certain types of equipment is prohibited, if the item can be heard from another residence. This helps to clarify what is unreasonable noise for the use of common household items.

The Residential Noise Regulations are enforced by Victoria Police and local government officers.

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