Excessive noise can be a problem at any time of the day. This section contains information on what is considered excessive and what can be done about it.
It is accepted that a certain amount of noise is part of the normal human environment. Traffic noise, aircraft noise, industrial noise and residential noise form part of the background to everyday life. Generally, noise is not a problem unless it becomes excessive.
Under New Zealand's environmental laws, Hastings District Council has the responsibility for controlling excessive noise in our district, within certain limitations.
Making a Complaint
Contact the Council anytime day or night.
Failure to obey excessive noise duration notices can result in stereos or equipment being seized.
Infringement notices resulting in fines can also be issued in some instances.
If you are the noisemaker and you feel the complaint is unjustified, contact the Council to discuss your concerns.
Noise complaints are confidential; the noisemaker is not advised of who has complained.
Noise Control Brochure
Read our noise control brochure for an overview of your rights and responsibilities around noise from our related documents below.
For noise related complaints contact Council.