Music and movie soundtracks
Loud music and movie soundtracks are the most common source of noise disturbance. As a guide, music that is clearly audible at the boundary of a property may cause a disturbance and be regarded as unreasonable noise, regardless of the time of day.
Music with a dominant bass component can be disturbing even when it doesn’t appear to be loud. The bass component should therefore be kept to a minimum.
It is reasonable for an occasional party or gathering to be held, provided consideration is given to neighbours. If you are entertaining outside, try these suggestions:
- Start your party earlier so that it can finish earlier
- Avoid using speakers outside your house
- Let your neighbours know about the party and the time you expect to finish
- Adjust the volume control (especially the bass) to ensure music does not annoy your neighbours
- If possible move your guests inside if the party is likely to finish late at night (after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights or after 10.00pm on other nights of the week) and close all windows and doors to contain the noise to your home
Provided that all due care is taken to reduce the impact of any noise, up to four parties in a year is considered reasonable.
If there is an out of control party in your street, contact the Police on 131 444 for assistance.
Where noise from music, movie soundtracks or regular party noise are causing a noise disturbance, a noise complaint can be lodged using the online form Noise – make a noise complaint.