Noise control

Resource Management Act 1991

The noise control provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 are designed to:
  • Protect people from unreasonable and excessive noise
  • Provide effective noise control in our community
  • Protect the rights of people and industry to make a reasonable level of noise.
The Act points out that it is your duty, as an occupier of land, not to make noise that disturbs or annoys people by ensuring noise does not exceed a reasonable level.

Does the Act cover all types of noise?

No. There are other kinds of noise, which are specifically covered or controlled by other pieces of legislation.
For example:
  • Barking Dogs are covered by the Dog Control Act 1996.
  • Noisy vehicles on the road are covered by the Traffic Regulations 1976. Contact the Traffic Safety Branch of the NZ Police for further information.
  • Noise within the workplace is covered by the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. Contact the Occupational Safety and Health Service of the Department of Labour for further information.
  • Noise between tenancies with the same landlord is covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1996. Contact your landlord or the Tenancy Tribunal.

Find out more about noise control below:

Neighbourhood noise
Registering a complaint


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