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.
- Community Response to NoiseIndividuals can have widely different responses to noise but it is possible to establish the general response of the community to varying levels of noise.
- Domestic NoiseDomestic noise, that is noise emitted from domestic premises, has the potential to impact on people living in the surrounding neighbourhood.
- Legislative Context - NoiseThe management and regulation of noise in Tasmania is provided by the Noise EPP, EMPCA, and the Noise Regulations.
- Management of Noise from Level 2 ActivitiesNoise 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.
- Measures of NoiseThere are many measures of noise but environmental noise is normally measured in dB(A).
- Noise & Land UseLand 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.
- Noise & VibrationNoise and Vibration are forms of mechanical energy that, through a variety of mechanisms, can lead to adverse impacts on people, animals and structures.
- Noise Complaints ContactsLink to Government Agency Contacts for Noise Complaints
- Noise PublicationsLinks to various noise-related publications
- Objective vs Subjective Aspects of NoiseObjective 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.
- Residential Noise and Hours of UseResidential Noise and Hours of Use
- Why Noise & Vibration are ImportantHumans 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.
The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.