Water pumps | Brisbane City Council

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

Time Day Noise 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 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 pool and spa noise, you can:

  • limit hours of use
  • select a quieter pool pump or spa blower
  • 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 a nuisance issue.


01 March 2019