It’s reasonable for people to host the occasional party. However, if you’re entertaining outside, remember your neighbours and try these ideas:
- Forewarn your neighbours about the party and the likely finish time;
- Start your party earlier so it can finish earlier;
- Avoid using speakers outside the house and lower the volume control, especially with the bass;
- Move your guests inside after midnight and close all windows and doors to contain the noise;
- Provide a contact number or invite your neighbour to tell you if it gets too loud; and
- Be aware of other potential impacts, such as guests blocking neighbours’ driveways or litter.
If you’re practicing an instrument, you can play for up to one hour per day between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm from Monday to Saturday and between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Also, try these simple tips to prevent noise from carrying:
- Play the instrument in a suitable room - a garden shed is not considered a suitable room;
- Maintain amplified instruments at the lowest volume possible;
- Consider sound-off pads and cymbal silencers on drum kits;
- Let your neighbours know when you’re likely to be practicing.