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Draft Noise Regulations Released for Comment

02 May 2016

New draft regulations for the control and management of noise pollution in residential areas and on building sites have been prepared and are now available for review and comment.

The main objective of these Regulations is to limit the amount of community noise in residential neighbourhoods and to provide a state-wide framework for the regulation of neighbourhood noise pollution. They apply to common noise sources such as off-road motor vehicles, motor vessels, appliances, power tools, garden equipment, heating and cooling devices, pumps, chainsaws, sound systems and musical instruments.

The main aims of the new Regulations are:

• To provide a broad regulatory framework to guide behaviour in the use of specific equipment and machinery in a neighbourhood environment.

• To regulate nuisance noise in neighbourhood situations by identifying the major sources and management measures.

• To protect the rights of those adversely affected by noise emissions.

• To protect the rights of those wishing to use items that make noise emissions by providing a framework based on hours and days of use.

Primary responsibility for the enforcement of these Regulations lies with local government and Tasmania Police.

These draft regulations have been developed in close consultation with both local government and Tasmania Police who have provided valuable feedback and practical solutions for dealing with neighbourhood noise pollution.

Their feedback revealed that the most useful tool for regulating noise emissions was a prohibited hours of use schedule. Regulators find this simple to apply and there is wide acceptance and understanding by the community. The result is that the proposed Regulations are more efficient and effective at addressing neighbourhood noise issues.

The proposed Regulations will replace the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2014 which expire on 21 July 2016.

The proposed new Regulations will be known as the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016.

A Regulatory Impact Statement which explains the purpose and content of the new Regulations as well as assesses their impacts on industry, community and government has also been released for public comment.

Copies of the draft Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement can be found on the Noise RIS page of the EPA website www.epa.tas.gov.au/policy/draft-environmental-management-and-pollution-control-(noise)-regulations-2016-and-regulatory-impact-statement

Written submissions must be received by 5.00 p.m., Friday 3 June 2016, and can be emailed to EnvironmentEnquiries@environment.tas.gov.au

or sent to EMPC Noise Regulation Review, Environmental Policy & Support Services Section, EPA Division, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, GPO Box 1751, Hobart, Tas 7001

Any queries about these documents, or for a copy of the proposed Regulations, please contact:

Environmental Policy & Support Services Section, EPA Division, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Telephone: 61654 599