Power boat engine noise

This information is for noise from power boats on land (e.g. when testing engines).

Noise limits

If noise from a power boat can be heard at a neighbour's premises at the following times, the owner or operator may be issued with a fine.

Permitted power boat engines' noise levels (on land)

This table includes information on noise levels for power boat engines on land including day, time and noise limit.
Time Day Noise limit

Before 7am or after 7pm

Saturday or working day

No clearly audible noise allowed

Before 8am or after 6.30pm

Sunday or public holiday

No clearly audible noise allowed

In some circumstances, activities and equipment operating within the prescribed levels and times may also be assessed against the general emission criteria and noise emission criteria identified within the Environmental Protection Act 1994. If the noise is deemed a nuisance when assessed against these criteria, the responsible person may be issued a Direction Notice.


These noise limits do not apply if Council has prescribed a limit in a development approval or local law approval for specific equipment or activities for power boat engine noise at a property. In this circumstance, the person/company must comply with the conditions placed on the approval.

Ways to reduce noise

To help reduce noise when testing power boats on land, you can:

  • limit hours of use
  • carry out testing and maintenance as far away as possible from neighbours and away from sensitive areas, such as bedroom windows.

How to lodge a complaint

Find out how to lodge a complaint about an environmental nuisance issue.


Last updated: 20 May 2020

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