Find out how the Council monitors and regulates excessive noise in our District.
Making a Noise Complaint
To complain about excessive noise, call the Council on 07 306 0500 or after hours on 07 307 0729.
The operator will take details of the complaint and forward them to a noise control contractor. It is our policy to keep complainants’ details confidential, but anonymous complaints may not be acted upon.
If you’re concerned about the noise from barking dogs in your area call us on 07 306 0500.
Noise Control - The Resource Management Act
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is partly concerned with controlling unreasonable or excessive noise to minimise its impact on the environment and people.
The aim is to safeguard people from ‘unreasonable’ or ‘excessive’ noise, while also recognising the rights of people and industry to make some amount of noise.
The RMA defines excessive noise as any noise controlled by people that “unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort and convenience” of anyone. Sections 326, 327, and 328 of the RMA cover excessive noise.
Fines for Excessive Noise
Under RMA regulations, failing to cease making excessive noise carries a maximum fine of $500. If a Council Officer’s direction to cease making excessive noise is ignored, the noise makers are liable to receive an instant fine.
Failing to provide certain information, such as full name and date of birth, when requested to do so by an Enforcement Officer, carries a maximum fine of $300.