These changes will affect resident and business owners in the city and urban centres.

No structural modifications will be required for existing or future residential or commercial developments in order to meet noise attenuation requirements, as there is no proposed change to daytime or night-time noise standards themselves.

Existing residential developments in and around the city centre and town centres have been built to comply with strict noise attenuation requirements, limiting the noise that can be heard in bedrooms and other living areas.

Where are the group centres?

We are proposing to extend current daytime noise standards on Friday and Saturday nights in:

  • the city centre and town centres (Woden, Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gungahlin) from 10pm to midnight
  • group centres from 10pm to 11pm.
Group Centres provide shops, commercial and community services for a group of suburbs. These include:
  • Calwell
  • Charnwood
  • Chisholm
  • Condor
  • Curtin
  • Dickson
  • Erindale
  • Hawker
  • Jamison
  • Kaleen
  • Kambah
  • Kingston
  • Kippax
  • Manuka
  • Mawson
  • Waniassa
  • Weston

What are the current noise standards?

  • A new interactive map details the noise zones and standards that apply in those zones.

Some examples of different sounds include the following.

Find out more

A noise portal on the Access Canberra website has improved the information available to the public and commercial operators about noise standards and how noise can be managed.