The overarching principles and objectives for noise management in Tasmania are provided in the Environment Protection Policy (Noise) 2009.
The main legislation controlling environmental noise in Tasmania is the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 – particularly section 53, which deals with 'environmental nuisance'. Specific requirements relating to noise levels and hours of operation are principally covered by the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2016 and permits issued for particular activities.
The aim of the 2016 Regulations remains unchanged from previous versions of the Regulations in regard to improving the environmental management of 'neighbourhood' noise sources such as lawn mowers, heat pumps, chainsaws and off-road vehicles.
Governing Legislation and Policy
Any measurement of noise or test of a noise source for the purposes of the Regulations must be made in accordance with the Noise Measurement Procedures Manual.