Noise & Fire Works

The Environmental Noise Policy provides a framework and criteria for the assessment of noise impacts from and on development.

The Policy describes the procedure to be followed in the preparation of an Acoustic Report that may be required to be submitted to Council as part of the Development Application process. The Policy also recognises the importance of community noise within residential communities and establishes appropriate noise criteria or management techniques by which noise impacts can be regulated and minimised.

Neighbourhood Noise

The following information can assist residents in resolving and understanding neighbourhood noise issues, such as: air conditioner noise, amplified sound equipment, pool pumps, intruder alarms,  noise from vehicles and how to seek a noise abatement order

Penalties are in the above mentioned brochures are subject to external revision and may have changed since the document was published. For advice on current penalties contact Council or the State Debt Recovery Office.

For more information regarding neighbourhood noise phone Council on 4654 7777

Construction sites

Construction site operators, owner-builders and public authority developments must comply with noise-restriction regulations under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

The hours for construction work are specified in the development application. For information about hours for a specific construction project or to lodge a complaint, phone Camden Council on 4654 7777.

Barking dogs

Complaints about barking dogs are one of the most common calls regarding nuisance dogs made to the Council's Rangers. Many dog owners are not aware that while they are not at home their dog may be nuisance barking and disturbing neighbours.

According to the Companion Animals Act 1998, a dog is a nuisance if the dog:

"makes a noise, by barking or otherwise, that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises".

Camden Council have a Barking Dog Procedure which outlines the steps Council undertake when investigating a barking dog complaint. It is recommended that you read through this document to ensure that you understand Council’s procedure when dealing with such complaints. If you wish to make a complaint Council requires you to then complete the required Barking Dog Nuisance Form and send this form to Council. Council will be unable to investigate your complaint without this form being completed.

More information can be found on the EPA website.


SafeWork NSW manages and regulates the planning and authorisation of fireworks displays.

Council are notified, only when required, that a fireworks display is planned. Council will normally then advises SafeWork NSW if we support or object to the planned display based on the success of previous events at particular locations or by particular operators. Ultimately, however, SafeWork NSW authorises or rejects fireworks applications.

Guidelines have been provided to Councils to assist with deciding whether to object to SafeWork NSW in regards to a firework display in which Council has received notification

Notice must be provided to SafeWork NSW 7 days before a fireworks event. Fireworks can be displayed by a private individual/organisation, a public authority or a private company.

You can search for upcoming fireworks notifications that have been lodged with WorkCover NSW.