PARTY TIPS: NOISE and The Law in N.S.W

One of the most contentious issues when it comes to your party is how much noise you can make and when can you make it.

Music brings life and excitement to an event – we highly recommend you have music! Parties with killer playlists or live music are always ones we remember best and your guests will too!

However, loud music can be upsetting to you neighbours – so knowing when you can play loud music and how to reduce how much your neighbours hear is key to keeping every one happy.

According to the NSW Government:

“In NSW, there are restrictions on noise from musical instruments and sound systems which are commonly used at parties. Noise from music that can be heard in any habitable rooms of a neighbouring residence must cease during certain times: midnight to 8am on Friday, Saturday or any day preceding a public holiday and 10pm to 8am on any other day. An offence occurs if the noise continues after a warning has been given by a council or police officer.”

So keep that in mind! Once midnight strikes (or 10pm on somedays) turn down the volume.

Here’s a few other suggestions on how to make sure your party doesn’t disturb others:

Notify your neighbours in advance. Tell them about your party plans. Give them your contact details so that they can contact you directly (rather than the police) with any concerns. Having advance warning may reduce concerns on the night of your party

Ask guests to be quiet when they leave.

Move indoors. As the evening gets later, move music and guests inside.

Be considerate with your sound system. Make sure your speakers are not facing towards a neighbour. Also think about turning down the bass as this is often what bothers neighbours.

With this in mind, there’s no reason you can’t have a rockin’ time while your neighbours get a good nights rest.

I hope this helps,

Marco

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