Setting and reviewing standards

Review of Residential Noise Regulations

In 2018, EPA Victoria consulted with the public and key stakeholders as part of a review into the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008.

As a result of that review, the Victorian Government has decided to make the Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018, a new set of regulations effective from 13 October 2018.

What are the Residential Noise Regulations 2018?

The Residential Noise Regulations 2018 are an important part of Victoria’s regulatory framework for noise management. They apply to noise from residential premises and specify times when the use of certain types of equipment is prohibited, if the item can be heard from another residence. This helps to clarify what is unreasonable noise for the use of common household items.

The Residential Noise Regulations are enforced by Victoria Police and local government officers.

The review of the previous regulations

EPA would like to thank all members of the community who provided feedback on the review. In particular, EPA engaged with Victoria Police, local government officers and community members via a reference group, online surveys and email. We received over 100 submissions in response to the regulatory impact statement for the proposed regulations. A summary of the feedback received as well as EPA’s response available in the Response to comments document.

EPA will respond to all submitters in writing. Copies of the submissions can be found here (except where a submission was made confidentially).

New regulations

The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2018 (new regulations) are effective from 13 October 2018.

The new regulations are mostly the same as the previous regulations, with the following small changes:

  • changes to air conditioner use – reduced prohibited hours and exemptions during a heat health alert period.
  • some editorial amendments made to the prescribed items.

Page last updated on 7 Jan 2019