Your rights and responsibilities
Everyone is responsible for the noise they make. The Resource Management Act 1991 requires every person carrying out an activity to ensure the noise does not exceed a reasonable level.
Noise is not to be of such a nature as to unreasonably interfere with the peace, comfort and convenience of any person.
When noise annoys you, you have the right to have excessive noise stopped or reduced, provided the noise is under human control, at any time of the day or night - whether it is from a loud party, an alarm or another source.
The requirements under the Resource Management Act are designed to:
- protect people from excessive noise.
- provide effective noise control in our community.
- protect the rights of people and industry to make a reasonable level of noise.