Power boat engine noise | Brisbane City Council

Power boat engine noise

This information is for noise from power boats on land (for example, 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)

Time Day Noise limit

Before 7am or after 7pm

Saturday or business 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 still be deemed a nuisance when assessed against certain noise criteria.  In this situation the responsible person may be issued a Direction Notice.


If a development condition is inconsistent with a noise level detailed in the Environmental Protection Act 1994 the person/company must comply with the development condition. In some cases you may need to comply with requirements imposed by the development condition and the noise levels detailed in the table.

These noise limits do not apply if Council has issued an approval for specific equipment or activities under a local law and conditions regarding noise have been 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 a nuisance issue.


01 March 2019