Event noise management plan

Entertainment Event Event Permit applications need to include the Noise Management Plan.

The plan must contain strategies for:

  • compliance with the Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2019
  • satisfying the relevant Australian Standards and Codes
  • keeping noise levels within the following parameters.
This table provides information on the Noise Management Plan including location, permissible level and maximum level.
Location Permissible Level Maximum Level
Rear of venue 85dBA Leq (15 min) 100dBA LA10
Nearest residence or other sensitive place 55dBA Leq (15 min) 70dBA LA10
30 metres from the stage (mixer position) or noise source 95dBA Leq (15 min)

100dBA LA10 5min and 105dBA LA10 5 min at 63Hz

The plan must encompass:

  • location and height of the stage
  • location and height of the speakers
  • direction of speakers
  • specific sound barriers used and their location
  • atmospheric conditions used in calculations
  • proposed measures for low frequency sound control ( ie. Bass)
  • topography of the land
  • details of the sound system
  • measurement procedures
  • hours of operations
  • all calculations.

If you propose to have live bands or use amplified devices at your event, then you may need to provide a Noise Management plan from a qualified acoustic engineer to Council before your Entertainment Event permit application can be assessed.

Should you need to engage a qualified acoustic engineer to develop the Noise Management plan, Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants provides a list of member Acoustical Consultants.

The plan should include:

  • a site plan including the location of the event, neighbouring land-use details, location and orientation of stages and public address or audio systems
  • all potential sources of noise nuisance
  • steps that will be taken to minimise the risk of nuisance
  • a plan for notifying potential noise-affected premises and closest sensitive receptors
  • details of acoustic monitoring during the event
  • how complaints received before, during and after the event will be addressed.

For further information on noise limits for events, phone Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Last updated: 14 March 2022

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