Noise restrictions and complaints

Check Brisbane City Council's noise restrictions and guidelines to find out about acceptable noise levels and when you can make a complaint. There are restrictions on the level of noise from barking dogs, building sites, air conditioners and other devices.

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Acceptable noise levels and complaints

Find advice on acceptable noise levels, a guide to decibel levels for everyday situations, how to lodge a complaint for your neighbourhood and a list of noise complaints not handled by Council.

Air conditioning noise

Guidelines for air conditioning system noise in residential areas, including a link to how to lodge a complaint.

Amplifier devices

Noise guidelines for amplifier devices in residential areas, exemptions and how to lodge a complaint.

Animal noise

Find out what constitutes an animal noise nuisance, how animal noise complaints are handled and how to report a noise nuisance.

Building work noise

Guidelines for noise on building sites in residential areas, exemptions and how to lodge a complaint.

Power boat engine noise

Noise regulations for power boat engine testing in residential areas, including information on how to reduce noise and and a link to how to lodge a complaint

Refrigeration equipment noise

Information about how to reduce refrigeration equipment noise in residential areas, as well as guidelines and a link for how to lodge a complaint.

Tools and maintenance noise

Nuisance guidelines for tools and maintenance work around the home (including exemptions), including ways to reduce noise and how to lodge a complaint.

Water pumps

Noise limits for water tank pumps, pool pumps and spa blowers. This page includes information about how to reduce noise and a link to how to lodge a nuisance complaint.