The management of noise from domestic premises relates to a large number of potential noise sources. The majority of noise-generating equipment and appliances are addressed in the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2004.
The provisions in these regulations focus on common sources of noise and their potential to impact on residential dwellers. The regulations restrict the level of sound emission from various items, impose minimum separation distances from houses to chainsaws and recreational vehicles and restrict the hours of operation of certain equipment on residential properties.
Section 53 of EMPCA is also relevant to domestic noise.
In general, there is a desire to maximize people's opportunities in life, such as to socialize or engage in a hobby, but not at the expense of other people's wellbeing. Essentially, the noise from normal domestic activities carried out at reasonable times is highly likely to be considered as reasonable. This includes routine house maintenance, lawn mowing and other potentially noisy activities.
Heat pumps have become a popular way to heat homes in Tasmania. Unfortunately, heat pumps emit noise of varying degrees which can impact on neighbours – particularly at night. The noise requirements for these devices are stipulated in the regulations.