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
Noisy work such as concrete pouring, using power tools or carrying out activities that cause impact noise such as banging and dropping materials are prohibited before 7.30am and after 6.00pm on weekdays, Saturdays and at any time on Sundays and public holidays.
These are the types of noise levels and times when construction work can be carried out in a residential area:
The specific decibel noise limits are contained in NZS 6803:1999. These limits are related to the duration of
- short- term (up to 14 days),
- typical duration (14 days to 20 weeks), and
- long-term (more than 20 weeks).
The longer the work, the stricter the noise limits become.
Best practicable options must also be taken to minimise noise during the construction day. This means being thoughtful about the way some jobs are done at any time and taking the time to consult with neighbours, which will reduce risk of complaints.
Please contact an Environmental Health Officer if you have any queries.