If noise from a pool pump or spa blower exceeds the following levels when measured at a neighbour's premises, the owner may be issued with a fine.
Permitted pump (such as water tank pumps, pool pumps and spa blowers) noise levels
7am to 7pm
No greater than five decibels (A) above background noise
7pm to 10pm
No greater than three decibels (A) above background noise
10pm to 7am
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 water pumps at a property. In this instance, the person/company must comply with the conditions placed on the approval.
Ways to reduce noise
To help reduce pool and spa noise, you can:
- limit hours of use
- consider how long the pump is running for and if this can be reduced
- select a quieter pool pump or spa blower
- Consider if your pump needs to be replaced
- locate the pool pump or spa blower as far away as possible from neighbours and away from sensitive areas, such as bedroom windows
- regularly service your equipment - lack of maintenance can cause higher noise levels
- erect a solid fence or barrier
- install an acoustic enclosure around the unit
- modify the fan or pump unit - discuss this option with the manufacturer or installer.
How to lodge a complaint
Find out how to lodge a complaint about an environmental nuisance issue.