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When noise annoysAt any time of the day or night you have the right to have excessive noise stopped or reduced.
Council (ENL) noise control officers will investigate, assess the noise level and ensure it is reduced if it is considered excessive under the Resource Management Act 1991.
Property owners are responsible for managing noise on their propertiesWhile noise is a constant companion in our daily lives, we have an individual responsibility under legislation to ensure we do not create a noise nuisance for other persons.
The owners and occupiers (tenants) of land including buildings are responsible for ensuring noise caused on their property does not create a nuisance for any other person.
Council enforces the noise control lawsCouncil may act under the Resource Management Act 1991 to alleviate excessive noise. The Kaipara District Council contracts this to ENL who provides a 24 hour 7 days per week noise control response service for this purpose.
The term "excessive noise" is defined by legislationThe Resource Management Act 1991 defines the term "excessive noise" as being any noise under human control which unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort, and convenience of any other person and includes noise made by any:
Property occupiers can take action to alleviate noiseBe a good neighbour. Be mindful at all times of the impact of your noise on your neighbours.
If you are intending to hold a party, carry out any building work or any other noisy activity on your property discuss your intentions with your neighbours first.
Comply with any agreement made with your neighbour.
Ensure building and vehicle alarms are correctly installed, adjusted and regularly serviced.
Mow your lawns at reasonable times during daylight hours. Avoid early morning mowing particularly at weekends and on public holidays.
Comply with any resource consent noise restrictions for commercial land development or construction work.
You may complain about excessive noiseAlthough neighbourhood problems are best resolved on a face-to-face basis you may choose to report a noise problem directly to Council’s noise control contractor, ENL.
In most cases the personal approach is sufficient to remedy the problem and also promotes good neighbour relations.
ENL noise control officers respond to noise complaints 24 hours 7 days per week.
Noise control officers may take action to resolve noise complaints
When a noise complaint is received noise control officers will respond to the address concerned, objectively assess the noise and initiate action if any, based on their assessment.
The test of reasonableness is applied in all cases. Where action is required the noise control officer may:
Owners may reclaim impounded stereos and other equipmentImpounded stereos or other equipment may be returned to its owner at Council’s discretion.
To reclaim your impounded property you will need to:
Links to more noise control informationLegislation: