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Draft Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016 and Regulatory Impact Statement

Submissions were invited on the proposed Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016 and supporting Regulatory Impact Statement.  

The draft Regulations have replaced the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2014 which expired on 1 July 2016.

The new Regulations are known as the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016 

The Subordinate Legislation Act 1992 required that a Regulatory Impact Statement be prepared to assess the impacts of the proposed new Regulations.  

The main objective of these Regulations is to limit the amount of community noise in residential neighbourhoods.  It applies 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.  Primary responsibility for the enforcement of these Regulations lies with local government and Tasmania Police. 

The major changes in these Regulations from past noise regulations has been to refocus away from a technical, engineering approach whereby noise emission limits are prescribed for a range of devices, towards a behavioural management approach that sets out the times specified machinery and equipment cannot be used on residential premises and construction sites (excluding road construction).

Submissions are now closed.

A copy of the new regulations can be found at:

Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016