Noise Pollution: How loud is too loud?

Noise pollution is accepted as a part of living in an urban environment.

This is especially prevalent when trades are required to work in residential areas.
The consideration of local noise restrictions is often overlooked when sourcing contractors for upcoming works.

  • Will the contractor you choose consider how much noise they generate at different points throughout the day?
  • Is there a school or hospital nearby?

These are a few points worth considering when trying to minimise the impact on your community’s quality of life.

The table below outlines legislation set out in the Environment Protection Act 1997 and the Environment Protection Regulation 2005.

Noise Pollution Table

Certain concessions are made in regards to reasonable occurrences where noise pollution levels exceed the set limits.


Possible implications of noise pollution

Noise pollution has the potential to cause disputes between neighbours and within communities.
Severe breaches of the law can even attract fine of up to $1000!
The best course of action is always prevention.


Do you need to emit that level of noise?

A simple conversation with the parties that may be affected by your noisy works could be all it takes to prevent an uncomfortable situation for all.
Arboricultural works can often far exceed what is considered an acceptable level of noise pollution.
Machinery associated with the arboricultural industry is typically noisy: i.e. chainsaws and wood chippers.


There are ways to avoid excessive noise

An electric chainsaw and a handsaw – Great alternatives to reduce excessive noise.

Hand tools are generally sufficient for a large proportion of tree pruning.
In addition to the use of hand tools, battery-powered chainsaws are now readily available for the professional tree industry.
The level of noise these chainsaws emit is roughly equivalent to that of a large cordless drill.

Much more quiet than its petrol-powered counterpart!


What can you do?

When meeting with your preferred tree care professional, ask some questions regarding their efforts to comply with the Environment Protection Act 1997 and the Environment Protection Regulation 2005.

Consider asking:

Can the work be done with minimal noise?
What tools will you be using for this job?

Their answer may not be a satisfactory one, but it will give you an idea as to what considerations they make for the environment and people surrounding the worksite.


If you would like to learn more or feel that you require advice regarding your trees.
Please contact us via email or phone (02) 6161 1800.