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Limiting noise in Port Phillip


City of Port Phillip’s Officer for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE) is helping council resolve reports involving commercial noise in the local area.  Limiting noise in Port Phillip

A recent case involved a resident reporting unreasonable noise emanating from a large extractor fan next to their apartment. The fan was part of an air circulation system in an underground car park servicing the commercial building next door.

"The reporter was living in a new residential apartment block that had been built within two metres of an existing commercial building, and their balcony and windows were within ten metres of the noise source,” the OPLE said. 

The OPLE deployed a noise logger on the reporter’s balcony for seven days and engaged an EPA noise specialist to analyse the data. 

“The limit for State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from Commerce, Industry and Trade) N-1 (SEPP N-1) during the day is 59 decibels, and the fan was breaching this by 9 decibels.” 

The OPLE issued the commercial building’s occupier with a Pollution Abatement Notice (notice) requiring that they modify the air circulation system or install controls within 60 days to ensure compliance with SEPP N-1. The notice also required the occupier to outline their noise abatement measures and provide evidence of noise testing at the premises to demonstrate compliance. 

“It’s important that all businesses have adequate controls in place to limit the impact of noise on those around them. This includes checking all machinery and equipment on a regular basis.” 

The OPLE revoked the notice after determining that the duty holder had complied with all aspects of the notice. 

Further information about limiting commercial and industrial noise can be found here.

Page last updated on 13 May 2019