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Local nuisance

Local nuisance is described as "any adverse impact on the amenity value of an area, which unreasonably interferes with, or is likely to unreasonably interfere with, the enjoyment of that area by people in that area."


Construction noise

Noise from construction, building and demolition works. This can occur from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Saturday. It must not occur on Sundays or public holidays.

Non-fixed tools and machines

Noise from domestic and other non-fixed tools and machines; such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers and angle grinders. This can occur from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday & 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sundays and public holidays. Despite these times, the operator must also take steps to ensure that the noise does not become unreasonable.

Fixed machine noise

Noise from machines that are fixed in place, such as pool pumps or air conditioners. In these cases, the noise must not travel from one domestic premise to a habitable room or outdoor entertaining area on a neighbouring property to an unreasonable extent.

People noise

Concerns regarding noise including noisy parties, loud music, musical instruments or revving vehicles should be directed to SA Police on 131 444.

Animal noise

Animal noise may be considered a nuisance if it unreasonably interferes with (or is likely to interfere unreasonably with) the neighbour’s enjoyment of their property. If you are experiencing an unreasonable noise nuisance being caused by a pet animal, we encourage you to contact your neighbour in a friendly manner and allow them to address the situation before contacting us.


Unpleasant odours can originate from a range of domestic, commercial or industrial sources. Perceptions of odour can be very subjective. The degree to which odour nuisance affects people depends on a range of factors. Some common causes of odour disturbances may include:

  • Dirty or poorly maintained rubbish bins and waste receptacles.
  • Decomposing food scraps, particularly meat and seafood.
  • Uncovered or poorly managed compost heaps.
  • Storage of petrochemicals (oils, degreasers, kerosene).
  • Poorly maintained animal enclosures.

However, there are many ways to reduce the likelihood of producing an odour nuisance, such as:

  • Ensure waste bins are put out for collection regularly.
  • Clean waste bins regularly and or line your waste bin with a waste bin liner.
  • Place meat and seafood scraps in the freezer and wait until the night before bin collection day to put them out.
  • Ensure that compost heaps are healthy, well maintained and covered.

If the odour originates from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licenced site contact the EPA.

Pests and vermin

  • Rats and mice – Under the Public Health Act 2011 as a property owner or occupier you are responsible for preventing conditions which may contribute to a rat or mouse infestation.
  • European wasps – do not disturb wasp nests or wasps as they can sting multiple times. If you find a nest location notify us so our Environmental Health Officers can eradicate it.
  • Mosquitos - any body of water has the potential to act as a mosquito breeding ground. Water tank openings should be covered with mesh to prevent the entry of adult mosquitoes, and water can be treated with a small amount of kerosene or medicinal paraffin oil to deter these insects. Further information on personal protection and control against mosquitoes can be found via SA Health.
  • Flies – breeding can be minimised by ensuring your waste bins have tight-fitting lids.
  • Little Corellas – can be a problem in our council area and so we have implemented a control program.

Property nuisance

Nuisance can also be caused by a condition of a property either caused by human activity or caused by a failure to act:

  • Insanitary conditions or neglected properties which present a risk of rodent infestation or generates offensive odours.
  • Excessive or unconstrained rubbish, waste or vegetation.
  • Stockpiled, excessive or unconstrained disused or derelict items or materials.
  • Unsightly conditions caused by human activity or a failure to act.
  • Building in disrepair, dilapidation or partly demolished.

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