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 Noise

Noise in our environment tends to increase as our world advances and it has become a significant environmental issue.  The quality of the acoustic environment, which includes the level of sound and its characteristics, can affect our work, leisure and sleep.
  1. Legislative Context - Noise

    The management and regulation of noise in Tasmania is provided by the Noise EPP, EMPCA, and the Noise Regulations.
  2. Noise & Vibration

    Noise and Vibration are forms of mechanical energy that, through a variety of mechanisms, can lead to adverse impacts on people, animals and structures.
  3. Why Noise and Vibration are Important

    Humans and many animals have an acute sense of hearing and so significant extraneous noise can interfere with communication, lead to annoyance and cause hearing damage.
  4. Measures of Noise

    There are many measures of noise but environmental noise is normally measured in dB(A).
  5. Objective versus Subjective Aspects of Noise

    Objective measurements made with sound meters do not always align with subjective evaluation made by one or more observers. Specific sounds can contain attention-attracting features that significantly increase apparent loudness.
  6. Community Response to Noise

    Individuals can have widely different responses to noise but it is possible to establish the general response of the community to varying levels of noise.
  7. Management of Noise from Level 2 Activities

    Noise produced by Level 2 Activities has the potential to cause annoyance and disturbance, particularly during the night time. The noise from multiple Activities may lead to loss of acoustic amenity. Noise emissions are managed to prevent such adverse impact.
  8. Noise and Land Use

    Land use planning can play a very effective and strategic role in minimizing the impact of noise by encouraging the segregation of sources of noise and noise-sensitive developments.
  9. Domestic Noise

    Domestic noise, that is noise emitted from domestic premises, has the potential to impact on people living in the surrounding neighbourhood.
  10. Residential Noise and Hours of Use

    Residential Noise and Hours of Use
  11. Noise Publications

    Links to various noise-related publications
  12. Noise Complaints Contacts

    Link to Government Agency Contacts for Noise Complaints