Neighbourhood noise

​​Everybody should expect some degree of noise in their neighbourhood from time-to-time.

Noise control is not intended to regulate everyday residential activities such as mowing lawns and vehicles driving on the road etc.

If you have a problem with noise from your neighbour's place, try speaking with them first.
Often a friendly word over the fence is all that is required.

While such noise may be a nuisance to you temporarily, provided the hours of operation are reasonable, noise control may not consider the noise excessive or unreasonable.

Be a good neighbour

  • Be aware at all times of the impact of your noise on your neighbours.
  • Talk to your neighbours first​ if you intend to have a party, carry out any building work or any other noisy activity on your property.
  • Mow your lawns at reasonable times during daylight hours. At the weekends or on public holidays, avoid mowing early in the morning.
  • Comply with any resource consent noise restrictions for commercial land development or construction work.

Construction noise in your neighbourhood

These are the times when construction can be carried out in a residential area:
  • Monday - Friday 6.30am - 7.30am (Quiet preparation work only)
  • Monday - Friday 7.30am - 6pm
  • Monday - Friday 6pm - 8pm (Extra work at a reduced noise level)
  • Saturday 7.30am - 6pm 

Noisy construction work is not permitted on Sundays and public holidays.

If you are having issues with noise from a construction site in a residential area, please call noise control  0800WAIPADC (0800 924 723) who will respond 24/7.

Page reviewed: 13 Jun 2017 9:30am