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The Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 (the Regulations) operate as a prescribed standard under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (the Act) and set limits on noise emissions.

Amendments to the Regulations were gazetted on 5 December 2013, with most of the amendments taking effect on 6 December 2013 and the remainder effective 5 March 2014.

See:pdf2013 Changes to the noise regulations - Fact sheet167.59 KB.

The amendments relating to airblast limits for noise from blasting were subject to a Regulatory Impact Assessment process.

See: pdfDecision Regulatory Impact Statement1018.48 KB and pdfApproval Notice91.75 KB

Regulations administered by DER may refer to Australian Standards which can be accessed at no cost by contacting us (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Historical and current copies of Australian Standards are available from the State Library of WA in printed form and online within the library (see: State Library of WA – guide to standards).

Northbridge entertainment noise

Overview

The Government of Western Australia and the City of Perth are working together to engage the community in discussions about how to manage noise from amplified music. The proposed reforms are aimed at balancing the competing needs of entertainment venues, other businesses and residents in vibrant entertainment precincts such as Northbridge.
The special entertainment precinct reform package includes:

  1. The Western Australian Planning Commission position statement on special entertainment precincts in WA, available in draft here.
  2. Proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 to establish provisions for entertainment venues in approved special entertainment precincts to emit amplified music noise in excess of the assigned (prescribed) levels. The consultation paper Managing amplified music noise in entertainment precincts provided a number of reform options.
  3. A planning scheme amendment to City Planning Scheme No.2, initiated by the City of Perth.

Consultation on the City of Perth’s scheme amendment is now open, allowing for community input on the City of Perth’s proposal to establish Northbridge as the state’s first ‘special entertainment precinct’.

Stakeholder feedback on the Northbridge special entertainment precinct, including the boundary, building construction standards and external amplified noise levels, should be submitted to the City of Perth through their consultation process.

Information and updates on the City of Perth’s scheme amendment will be available at www.perth.wa.gov.au.

Technical reports

To inform the decision-making process, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has engaged acoustic consultants to produce technical reports on Northbridge noise levels, building attenuation and modelled noise impacts for various scenarios. These reports are provided below:

pdfLow Frequency Music Noise Prediction - Northbridge Entertainment Precinct report 2020 Lloyd George Acoustics48MB

 pdfNorthbridge noise monitoring report 2019_Lloyd George Acoustics8.2MB 

pdfNorthbridge residential building attenuation report_Gabriels Hearne Farrell2.5MB