Tips for controlling noise in licensed venues
Consider these tips to help ensure your venue doesn't produce excessive noise.
Controlling venue noise
- Close the doors and windows during entertainment.
- Face speakers away from your neighbours.
- Use an area of your premises away from your neighbours.
- Use a sound lock at the entrance to the entertainment area.
- Only provide entertainment suitable to the structure of your premises.
- Go outside and listen for noise—if you can make out the actual words to a song, the music is too loud.
- Check whether you can hear the bass clearly outside your venue and adjust the levels—bass will heavily impact on your neighbours.
- Install a sound limiting device.
- Investigate whether double glazing might help with noise control.
- Maintain all motorised equipment in good working order.
- Turn off motors at night.
- Reposition motors away from neighbours.
Controlling patron noise
- Display signs asking patrons to be considerate of neighbours.
- Ensure adequate security and lighting in external areas (e.g. car parks) to manage patrons as they leave and discourage loitering.
- Reposition taxi ranks away from your neighbours.
- Read Guideline 16: Control of entertainment noise.
- Read more about noise limits in licensed venues.
- Access printable noise signage for licensed venues.
- Read about patron and staff safety in licensed premises.
- Take our complying with noise requirements for licensed venues refresher and test your knowledge with the quiz.
- Last reviewed: 1 Sep 2022
- Last updated: 1 Sep 2022
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