In this section
Noise may be considered as sound, which provokes subjective response and is commonly described as"unwanted sound".
If a person's attention is unwillingly attracted to noise it may become distracting and annoying and be considered unreasonable. Unwanted sound is not always unreasonable.
In reference to section 16 of the Resource Management Act 1991 - Duty to avoid unreasonable noise:
"(1) Every occupier of land (including any premises and any coastal marine area), and every person carrying out an activity in, on, or under a water body or the coastal marine area, shall adopt the best practicable option to ensure that the emission of noise from that land or water does not exceed a reasonable level."
The Resource Management Act 1991 also quantifies excessive noise (section 326, subsection 1) to mean: -
'Any noise that is under human control and of such a nature as to unreasonably interfere with the peace, comfort, and convenience of any person (other than the person in or at the place from which the noise is being emitted)'.
If you have an on-going consistent noise issue, or the noise is occurring during day time hours, please contact Food and Health Standards (2006) Ltd .
For all after hours noise issues, please call the council to reach our after hours services. We have a 24 hour line.