Noise from construction work is allowed from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday (not including Sundays and public holidays).
For 'out of hours' construction work prior to 7am or after 7pm Monday to Saturday, or on Sundays and public holidays, consideration for a permit may be given to the following circumstances:
- where there is a possibility that the community may be negatively impacted upon by the noise the application is based on, for example, the delivery of an oversized plant or structure, emergency works, maintenance, repair or works of public infrastructure, or public infrastructure works; or
- where the applicant can demonstrate that no one within the community will be adversely impacted by the construction work.
The builder must submit an Application for Approval of Out of Hours Construction Work with associated fees and a Noise Management Plan at least 10 days prior to construction starting. The plan must be approved by the City.
When construction work is carried out during ‘out of hours’ without an approved noise management plan or other noise are being emitted at the construction site, the City will assess if the noise being emitted from the construction site is considered to be unreasonable under Section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Penalties may apply if noise is found to be unreasonable.
It should be noted that work which does not create unreasonable noise is permitted outside these times as are other activities such as workers arriving at site and unloading material or tools provided they are not creating excessive noise.
Residential equipment can be used between 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm Sundays/public holidays. Lawnmowers, chainsaws, power tools etc can be used for a maximum of two hours in any day. Musical instruments can be used for a maximum of one hour in any day. However, use of equipment must still be reasonable.
The City recommends attempting to resolve matters amicably with your neighbour where possible. If unsuccessful, you can make a formal noise complaint by completing the Noise Complaint Form. The form includes a log sheet. It is recommended that you complete the log sheet with as much detail possible. This will ensure that the matter can be handled promptly.
When lodging a complaint to the City of Kwinana Environment and Health Services, you maybe requested to complete a noise log sheet for a period of time to assist the matter of investigation.
Traffic, Rail and Aircraft Noise
Noise by vehicular traffic, trains and aircrafts is not covered by the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations.
For aircraft craft noise, please contact Airservices Australia Noise Complaints and Information Service Hotline on 1800 802 584.
For traffic noise on major roads, please contact Main Roads WA on 138 138.
For noise relating to passenger trains, please contact Public Transport Authority on 13 62 13.
Police have the power to gain entry and deactivate house or car alarms if they have been emitting unreasonable noise for more than 30 minutes. Please contact the Police on 131 444.