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 2014 and permits issued for particular activities.
The EMPC (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2004 expired on 20 July 2014 and have been replaced by the EMPC (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2014 which apply from 21 July 2014.
The aim of the 2014 Regulations remains unchanged from the 2004 Regulations in regard to improving the environmental management of 'neighbourhood' noise sources such as lawn mowers, heat pumps, chainsaws and off-road vehicles.
The 2014 Regulations will expire in two years' time during which time a thorough review will be carried out to assess the best way to manage and regulate current and emerging residential noise pollution and to align with the new policies of the State Government.
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.