Water pumps

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

Permitted pump (such as water tank pumps, pool pumps and spa blowers) noise levels.
TimeDayNoise limit

7am to 7pm

Every day

No greater than five decibels (A) above background noise 

7pm to 10pm

Every day

No greater than  three decibels (A) above background noise

10pm to 7am

Every day

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.


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