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Noise annoys, particularly when we want to relax and enjoy our leisure time at home. It can affect the nervous sytem, disturb sleep, spoil concentration and damage hearing.
Section 53 or the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) specifies that an environmental nuisance by the emission of noise is an offence if it is taken to unreasonably interfere with a person's enjoyment of the environment, having regard to its volume, intensity or duration, the time, place and other circumstances in which it is emitted; and if the noise is emitted from a residential premises, whether that noise can be heard in a habitable room of any other residential premises.
The attached fact sheet is aimed at clarifying noise requirements.
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