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There is legislation in place in South Australia to address domestic, commercial and industrial noise.

Excessive noise is regulated by the Environment Protection Act 1993 and by the Environment Protection Noise Policy 2007.

For general purposes, there are considered to be two categories of noise; industrial and domestic.

Industrial noise

This generally refers to noise produced by industry, commercial premises or construction sites.

Construction work may begin on any site between the hours of:

If preparing for a concrete pour and the forecast temperature is above 35 degrees on a particular day, then work can begin prior to 7am. Again permission is needed from the EPA.

All complaints regarding industrial noise need to be referred to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on (08) 8204 2004. Visit the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) website.

The EPA will require the following information:

  • Complainant's name, address, phone number
  • The location of the problem
  • The name of the business involved
  • The nature of the complaint

Complaints regarding noise from premises licensed under the Liquor Licensing Act, 1997 (e.g. hotels, night clubs, etc.) should be directed to the Office of the Liquor and Gaming Commissioner on (08) 8226 8410. Visit the Office of the Liquor and Gaming Commissioner website.


Domestic noise

There are 3 main categories of domestic noise:

1. Domestic machinery

Fixed domestic machine noise

Fixed domestic machines are those that are installed and operated in a fixed position at domestic premises.

Typical examples include an air conditioner or a pool pump.

A fixed domestic machine must not emit a (continuous) noise level greater than 52 dB(A),when measured at a relevant position at a noise affected premise,between:

  • 7am and 10pm on any day.

Because of the need for greater protection during night-time to preserve amenity and minimise sleep disturbance, lower permissible noise levels for fixed domestic machines apply.

Accordingly, a fixed domestic machine must not emit a (continuous) noise level greater than 45 dB(A), when measured at a relevant position at a noise affected premise, between:

  • 10pm on any day to 7am on the next day

Non-fixed domestic machine noise

Non-fixed domestic machine noise comes from the use of machinery, tools or other equipment that are not fixed in position at a domestic premises.

Typical examples include lawn mowers, power tools or other similar machinery.

Non-fixed domestic machines such as lawnmowers and power tools can emit significant levels of noise, but are commonly only used for short periods of time.

As it is difficult to set a reasonable maximum noise level for the use of this type of machine, the Noise Policy requires that non-fixed domestic machines emitting a (continuous) noise level greater than 45 dB(A) or a maximum noise level of 60 dB(A), when measured at a relevant position at a noise affected premises, must only be used between:

  • 9am and 8pm on a Sunday, or 
  • 8am and 8pm on any other day.

Machines that exceed these limits must not be used outside of these times.

Council is not a noise authority, however if you have concerns regarding domestic machine noise, the City of Marion can register a complaint online with the EPA for residents.


2. People noise

This includes noisy parties, loud music, revving engines, hammering, etc.

Concerns regarding people noise should be directed to the Police on 131 444.

A police officer will attend and make a subjective assessment of the level of noise, taking into account factors such as the time of day, the background noise level, and other factors.


3. Animal noise

For further information on barking dogs, visit our Dogs page.

For further information regarding noisy parrots, birds or roosters, visit our Birds and Poultry page.


Further information

For further information, please contact:

City of Marion
Community Health and Safety
Phone: 8375 6600
Fax: 8375 6699
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046