Noise management planning

You will be required to develop a Noise Management Plan as part of your Event Plan if your event is outdoors and has amplified music, a speaker system providing directions to participants and or mechanical equipment will be operating.

The management of noise associated with your event should be developed in accordance with the Environmental Protection Authorities (EPA) Noise Level Guidelines.

Noise Level Guidelines and how do they relate to events

The Noise Level Guidelines in relation to outdoor events is set by the State Environment Protection Policy (SEP N-2) which is administered by the Environmental Protection Authority.

In this policy the Environmental Protection Authority, advises that the noise level guidelines in relation to amplified sound for outdoor events are:

  • Events shorter than five hours must start after 12:00pm and finish by 11:00pm
  • Events five hours or longer must start after 12:00pm and finish by 10:00pm.

During any of these times the noise level limit for outdoor venues is set at 65dB (A).

Noise should not exceed this level at the closest residence or business to the event site.

For further information visit Environment Protection Authority Victoria website.

Developing a noise management plan:

  • Identify the groups that are likely to be affected (this could include residents, business and wildlife)
  • Show on the site plan the position and direction of speakers, ideally speaker horns be faced towards open areas, that is: water
  • List the times that sound testing will be undertaken (also include in your Event Build Schedule)
  • List the times that amplified sound will be used during the event program
  • Document a noise reporting and control procedure for when the noise is being generated. It is likely that a professional noise consultant will be required to measure the noise of your event during the sound testing, during the event and at specific locations. Should the noise levels exceed 65dB(A) at any time the consultant should immediately advise you or the sound technician to lower the sound levels. You may also need to provide a post event noise report to the City’s Events Unit.

Page last updated: Monday, 6 June 2022