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This theme reports on Council’s strategic planning for, and implementation of initiatives to manage noise impacts on community amenity and health and to minimise noise pollution.


The Leichhardt LGA is subject to a variety of noise sources. Aircraft and vehicular traffic noise are significant sources, but lie outside Council’s management responsibility and control. In 2012-2013, local noise sources from construction, animals and domestic noise increased, while commercial and out-of-hours noise complaints declined. 

In most noise complaint situations Council officers are able to address the problem by bringing the situation to the attention of those responsible and negotiating a solution without formal notices being issued under legislation. Further, Council’s planning controls address potential noise problems from proposed new development by enabling conditions of consent to be placed in development approvals and construction certificates.

Council will continue to monitor noise complaints and review action if a trend towards increasing noise complaints is established.

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Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

Council has prepared a new comprehensive Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to replace the Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2000. LEPs are the primary planning tool to shape the future of communities. Through zoning and development controls, they allow councils and other consent authorities to manage the ways in which land is used to minimise environmental amenity impacts, including noise.

Development Control Plan (DCP)

Council has prepared a new comprehensive Development Control Plan (DCP) to replace the 12 separate DCPs Council has currently. DCPs are detailed guidelines that prescribe the controls that apply to a particular type of development including to manage the health and amenity impacts from noise pollution.

Dog Owner Education

dog-noise-soeCouncil held the annual Dogs Day Out in October 2012. As well as offering free micro-chipping, Council staff provided education material to encourage responsible dog ownership and a new brochure on responsible dog ownership has been produced and made available through Council’s website.

Responding to Complaints

Council’s Environmental Health Officers responded to 375 noise-related complaints in 2012-2013. In most cases, a verbal or written request from Council staff will resolve the complaint. If these strategies fail, Council may take legal action.