Noise emissions that impact on people and the local environment are investigated by several different state and local government agencies. This table identifies who is responsible for noise investigations within our region.
|Type of noise||Response agency|
|Party or music from a private property||Queensland Police Service|
|People arguing||Queensland Police Service|
|Vehicle noise on roads||Queensland Police Service|
|Vehicle on private or TRC property||Queensland Police Service|
|Watercraft on public water||Queensland Police Service|
|Watercraft on private water||Tablelands Regional Council|
|In national parks||Department of Environment and Science|
|In state forests||Department of Agriculture and Water Resources|
|Air traffic||Airservices Australia|
|Regulated devices e.g. power and garden tools||Tablelands Regional Council|
|Domestic animals (including barking dogs)||Tablelands Regional Council|
|Building site||Tablelands Regional Council|
|Shooting ranges||Tablelands Regional Council|
|Gas guns||Tablelands Regional Council|
|Music event requiring a permit||Tablelands Regional Council|
Noise rules and regulations
The primary piece of legislation that addresses noise emissions is found within the Queensland State Government’s Environmental Protection Act 1994. Within this Act there are prescribed noise standards for various types of equipment and for different places (e.g. building site noise or shooting range noise). The Act makes it an offence to breach a prescribed noise standard and on-the-spot fines can be issued for a breach of a noise standard.
We are responsible for regulating the noise standards contained within the Act.