The Block 2015: Noise complaints, know your rights

Information verified correct on October 22nd, 2016

What are the state-by-state noise restrictions for power tools in Australia?

Andrew and Whitney3

With only two days left until room reveal, the Blockheads will only pull it off if their guest bedroom and ensuite goes like “block work.” However, last night the Blocktagon was nearly shut down as the tiler working in apartment two created an arch nemesis.

As leading foreman Keith Schleiger (aka “The Blockinator") reminded the contestants, noise complaints aren’t taken lightly in densely-populated areas such as South Yarra, and this minor mistake could have jeopardised the whole build.

A disgruntled neighbour issued a noise complaint at 3:30am after hearing a “banging” sound coming from apartment two.

After reluctantly fessing up, the outcome for Andrew and Whitney was a $1,000 fine taken straight from their budget, “tools down” earlier than the other contestants, and a personal apology to the complaining neighbour.

For the toughest challenge, it will be down to the wire for the deer-in-headlight contestants, Andrew and Whitney.

Getting renovation plans approved by neighbours is a mission in itself, so if you’re planning a renovation, it’s worth knowing your local noise restrictions so you don’t rub anyone up the wrong way.

Power tool noise restrictions

New South Wales (NSW)

The use of power tools is prohibited between 8pm and 7am Monday through to Saturday, while power tools are not permissible before 8am and after 8pm on Sundays.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Power tools are governed by the same legislation that cover loud music in the ACT, so for residential areas, noise can’t exceed 45 dB between 7am and 10pm or 35 dB between 10pm and 7am.

Queensland (QLD)

In Queensland, power tools cannot be clearly audible between 7pm and 7am Monday through to Saturday, or 7pm and 8am on Sundays and public holidays.

Victoria (VIC)

Victorian residents cannot use power tools before 7am or after 8pm from Monday through to Friday. Usage must be limited to after 9am and before 8pm on weekends and public holidays.

South Australia (SA)

South Australia’s noise legislation maintains that power tools can only be used between the hours of 9am and 8pm on Sundays or between 8am and 8pm Monday through to Saturday.

Tasmania (TAS)

The use of power tools is permitted between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 6pm on Sundays and recognised public holidays.

Western Australia (WA)

In Western Australia, hand-held power tools can only be used for up to two hours each day. In addition, usage is only permitted between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

The Northern Territory (NT)

For Northern Territory residents, noise (including loud music and power tools) should be restricted between 7pm and 7am Monday through to Saturday, and then 9am to 6pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Belinda Punshon

Belinda is a journalist here at Specialising in the home loans and property sections, she is passionate about helping Australians improve their financial wellbeing.

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