Noise control is undertaken in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to prevent nuisance to the community.
Your rights and responsibilities
Everyone is responsible for the noise they make. The RMA requires every person carrying out an activity to ensure the noise does not exceed a reasonable level.
Noise is not to be of such a nature as to unreasonably interfere with the peace, comfort and convenience of any person.
You have the right to have excessive noise stopped or reduced, provided it is under human control.
The requirements under the RMA are designed to:
Frequently asked questions
What is a reasonable level of noise?
Noise can disturb or annoy some people and not others. If noise being generated from your property is clearly audible from your neighbours' boundary, it may be considered excessive.
Businesses and commercial activities, including rural activities that operate within the Council area are also required to meet specified noise levels that are set in the Council's Operative District Plan. These levels differ depending on the area, and any conditions that may have been a requirement of a resource consent.
What happens if noise is deemed to be excessive?
What happens to the equipment which is seized?
How do I make a complaint?
Your complaint will be handled by a Council officer during work hours, 8am – 5pm weekdays, and a security company contracted by Council outside these stated hours.
What about traffic and barking dogs?