The current residential noise Regulations expire in October 2018. EPA is reviewing these Regulations and proposes to continue them with a few small changes.

The changes would allow you to use your airconditioner even when your neighbour can hear it inside their house:

  • for one hour more each evening (until 11 pm instead of 10 pm)
  • any time on days when the Chief State Health Officer declares a heat health alert.

Please read the attached regulatory impact statement to find out more about the proposed changes and their expected impacts.

This is your opportunity to have your say about our proposal – we welcome your feedback. All submissions will be treated as public documents and published on EPA's website unless the submission clearly indicates it is confidential.

Tell us what you think of the regulatory impact statement

1. Do you agree with the proposal to remake the regulations to continue managing residential noise in Victoria?

2a. Airconditioners – general use

Currently, you cannot use your airconditioner after 10 pm if your neighbours can hear it inside their houses.

Do you agree with EPA’s proposal to change this to 11 pm (see section 7)?

2b. Airconditioners on extremely hot days

Do you agree with EPA’s proposal to provide an exemption for air conditions on extremely hot days (see section 7) – i.e., to allow the use of air conditioners at all times, on days and in regions where an official heat health alert is in place?

3. Concrete pours

Currently, renovations cannot start before 7 am on weekdays. Some stakeholders have asked EPA to change this to allow concrete pours to start earlier, particularly in summer. EPA has reviewed this feedback and is proposing not to make any changes to prohibited hours for concrete pours.

Do you agree with EPA’s proposal (see section 8)?
4. Do you agree with the list of prescribed items and prohibited times (see regulation 6 in Appendix 1)?
5. Do you think the prohibited times should be made the same for all days (i.e. weekdays and weekends – see regulation 6 in Appendix 1)?

6. Musical instruments and amplified music

Currently, you cannot play musical instruments or amplified music at the following times, if your neighbours can hear it inside their house (see regulation 6 in Appendix 1):

  • before 7 am and after 10 pm on Mondays–Thursdays
  • before 7 am and after 11 pm on Fridays
  • before 9 am and after 11 pm on Saturdays and public holidays
  • before 9 am and after 10 pm on Sundays.
EPA is not proposing any changes to these times. Do you agree with these times?​
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This will allow us to send you a summary of the feedback we receive and EPA’s response. We will also let you know once the Regulations are published.

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