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Tips for controlling noise in licensed venues

Addressing the following questions can go a long way toward ensuring your business does not become a neighbourhood problem.

Venues

  • Are the doors and windows closed during entertainment?
  • Are the speakers facing away from your neighbours?
  • Can you utilise another area of your premises away from your neighbours?
  • Is there a soundlock on the entry to the entertainment area?
  • Is the type of entertainment suitable to the structure at the premises?
  • Have you walked outside and listened for noise from your premises? (If you can make out the actual words to a song, the entertainment is too loud).
  • Can you hear the bass noise clearly when outside the venue? This type of noise will impact heavily on neighbours; consider adjusting the bass levels.
  • Have you considered installing a sound limiting device? (See your licence conditions for your maximum allowable noise limit.)
  • Have you investigated whether double glazing may help with noise control?
  • Are all motors adequately maintained?
  • Is it necessary to run motors all night (e.g. refrigerators)?
  • Can motors be baffled or repositioned away from neighbours?
  • Are signs in place requesting patrons be mindful of the neighbourhood?
  • Do you have adequate security and lighting in external areas, such as car parks? This will discourage loitering when patrons leave the premises.
  • Can you reposition the cab rank away from your neighbours?

Patrons

  • Are signs in place requesting patrons be mindful of the neighbourhood?
  • Do you have adequate security and lighting in external areas, such as car parks? This will discourage loitering when patrons leave the premises.
  • Do you have security monitoring the external areas of the premises at closing time to manage patrons as they leave?
  • Can you reposition the cab rank away from your neighbours?

Also consider...

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

  • Licence and permit enquiries

1300 072 322
OLGRlicensing@justice.qld.gov.au

  • Gaming compliance enquiries

gamingcompliance@justice.qld.gov.au

  • Liquor compliance enquiries

liquorcompliance@justice.qld.gov.au

  • Media enquiries (07) 3738 8556

OLGRMedia@justice.qld.gov.au