​Anyone making unreasonable or excessive noise can be fined up to $10,000.

If excessive noise is not reduced to a reasonable level following the issue of an excessive noise direction the noise control officer, accompanied by a Police officer, may enter the premises and:

  • Remove whatever is causing the noise
  • Render the equipment inoperable
  • Lock away or seal whatever is causing the noise
  • Take any other steps needed to reduce the noise

You may also face a fine of up to $10,000 if you fail to comply with a direction to reduce the noise to a reasonable level.

What happens to equipment that has been seized?

The noise control officers may remove equipment, such as stereos and amplifiers if the owners don't reduce excessive noise to a reasonable level for 72 hours after a written direction has been issued.

Any equipment taken can be reclaimed from the Waipa District Council offices in either Te Awamutu or Cambridge when the officers are satisfied that its return will not lead to resumption of noise beyond a reasonable level.

On-goin​g noise problems

If there are ongoing complaints,  further action can be taken to achieve the required outcome.
This includes the issue of a formal abatement notice, issued under the Act.
Non-compliance with this notice carries severe penalties.

Immediate fines are also imposed in some cases on non-compliance with either a written direction or an abatement notice. These are called infringement fines and are $500 and $750 respectively.

Page reviewed: 24 Feb 2014 4:29pm