Ways to reduce noise in your neighbourhood.
Radios, televisions and stereos
Usually it's the unreasonably loud use of stereos in residential neighbourhoods that causes most concern.
- Keep the volume down, especially late at night
- Keep the bass control low, deep bass sound travels easily
- Use headphones
- Play music inside with windows and doors closed.
- Let neighbours know beforehand, and stick to any agreed finish time
- Control the music level and move everyone inside after 10pm
- Remind guests to leave quietly.
Amplified instruments or drums can be annoying for neighbours.
- Schedule practice times to avoid the early morning or late evening
- Keep the volume low and don’t go on too long
- Liaise with neighbours to agree on a suitable practice time
- Practicing in a residential area is possible if you're in a room with sound insulation. If not, try to find a non-residential space to practice in (i.e. in a commercial/industrial zone).
Gardening and DIY work
- Use noisy power tools at a reasonable time of day. Between 7am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 8pm on Sundays
- Let neighbours know if you intend carrying out significant amounts of noisy work.
- Choose an alarm that automatically resets itself after a limited period of time
- Consider having your system monitored
- Maintain the alarm regularly
- Provide your contact details to neighbours.
Cars and motorcycles
- Only use your horn in emergencies, and keep your car stereo to a reasonable level
- Excessive engine revving or prolonged idling should be avoided
- When repairing vehicles, follow the above advice about the timing of DIY work
- Noisy vehicles on the road are dealt with by the New Zealand Police.
- Barking dogs are covered by the Dog Control Act 1996, contact the Christchurch City Council Animal Management unit on 941 8999
- Information on dogs and barking issues
- Roosters are not suitable for keeping in residential areas and are best confined to rural areas, as their crowing is nearly impossible to control.