What Time Can I Start Mowing? Noise Restriction Times

What Time Can I Start Mowing? Noise Restriction Times

If you have a busy day planned and want to start mowing early, it’s important that you know your State’s noise restriction times – because the last thing you need on a $50 mowing job, is an abusive neighbour or a $1000* on-the-spot Council noise fine.

How is “noise” defined?

Noise can be defined “unwanted sound” – an objectionable measurement that can differ from person to person. What can be unbearable for one person may pass almost unnoticed by another. How annoyed we become depends on the loudness, time, place and frequency of the noise. Natural sounds in the environment are typically more tolerable than those made by humans, pets and power tool machinery.

How noisy is a lawn mower?

Different lawn mowers emit different levels of noise. Monash University found that the average lawn mower emits 87-94 decibels of noise.

In 2014, Briggs & Stratten claimed they have invented the world’s quietest power mower – shaving up to 64% off standard mower noise. (Video below)

How does this compare to other noises?

This simple infographic helps to give a quick overview of how lawnmower noise compares to other common noises:

Noise Levels - Lawnmower

Typical Noise Levels. Source: WSJ.com

 

Can lawn mower noise be relaxing?

Apparently, yes! There are actually videos on YouTube that have been created as ‘lawn mower noise relaxation’ videos. This one has had 26,000 views!

What are the noise restriction rules?

Noise rules from lawn mowers, power tools and other regulated devices (usually those that could trigger noise complaints from neighbours) in residential areas vary from State to State. At the time of writing, lawn mower and power tool noise is only permitted between:

QLD
7am – 7pm Business day or Saturday
8am – 7pm Sunday and Public Holidays

NSW
7am – 8pm Any other day
8am – 8pm Sunday and Public Holidays

VIC
7am – 8pm Monday – Friday
9am – 8pm Saturday and Sunday

SA
8am – 8pm Any other day
9am – 8pm Sunday

TAS
7am – 6pm Monday – Friday
9am – 6pm Saturday
10am – 6pm Sunday

WA
7am – 7pm Monday – Saturday
9am – 7pm Sunday and Public Holidays
With a 2 hour per day limit for hand held tools

NT
7am – 7pm Monday – Saturday
9am – 6pm Sunday and Public Holidays

ACT
7am – 8pm Monday – Friday
8am – 8pm Sunday and Public Holidays

Disclaimer: This article is intended as a helpful guide to the basics. It is recommended that you contact your relevant local council for confirmation of times and fine amounts. * The $1000 fine example was from the Gympie Regional Council in Queensland.

 

What happens if I break the rules?

For non-building complaints in residential areas, most local councils will issue a Direction Notice asking you to desist making noise outside of the permitted times. If you do not comply, you may receive an on-the-spot fine, or in severe cases be threatened with prosecution. Fine amounts vary across Australia, typically from $200 – $1000. Which far exceeds what you might have made if it was a cheap lawn mowing job.

So, unless you fancy abusive neighbours or council fines, it’s best to stick to the rules. It will make your life easier and it will make your customer’s life easier.
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The World’s Quietest Power Mower?

Here is the 2014 Briggs & Stratten lawnmower with the QPT™ push mower engine that claims to be the world’s quietest mower. See what you think?

30 Comments

  1. jan.m.mchale@gmail.com

    SA needs to get with the rest of the country with lawn mowing all at 7am except SA !!!!!!!

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    • Richard Eastes

      Hi Jan! Thanks for joining in the conversation. What time do you usually prefer mow lawns over in SA?

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    • Reece

      Your joking right 8 o clock is when my children wake up but no i have to put up with there bad moods because of neighbours consistantly waking them up we need to hurry up and make it 8.

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  2. Kerrie

    7am is to early for noise for us, 900am til 7 pm sounds fairer , I’m annoyed by lawn mower noise other noise I don’t mind like parties 👍🏿

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    • Richard Eastes

      Lawn mowing at 7am is a bit early for me too sometimes. As for Parties that go to 7am in the morning…. ahhhhh those were the days

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      • James

        On New Year’s Eve (or hell for me) a few years ago a bunch of drunk teens decided to play unbelievably loud music at the soccer ground a couple of k’s from our house at 3am. To prove how lout it was to the cops we called at the local police station I brought out and promptly fired up our 97db Rockwell lawn mower at full throttle then went back inside. The lawn mower, which is normally deafening, could not even be heard a tiny bit above the music (again from a kilometre or two away) after I hung up the phone the yells of police officers could be heard and the music ceased. So maybe lawn mower noise isn’t as bad as everyone says it is :/

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        • James

          *loud not lout

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        • Dave O from Brisbane

          I’m with you James. As per my comment below, party goers are usually way more disruptive than a 30-60min mower.

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          • Quell Fraiso

            What’s your point here? Both are loud and doing one or the other at obscene hours is careless. Mowers should not be allowed until 10:00 am on Sundays, like in TAS! Some people enjoy the peaceful Sunday morning in bed with a lover. I have a neighbor who mows every Sunday morning. I’d blow up at him if it wasn’t such an obvious sign he was trying to drown out the low hum of his miserable marriage.

    • Rob

      Normal mowing is not actually that much of an issue but it is the associated tasks that go hand in hand with the overall job.
      Wipper snipping against a metal panel fence and the likes of mulching are rather loud and such activities might be best limited to a little later in the day…Yes this is hard for those looking to make a dollar but could actually be used to a business advantage if they sought to carry out their work with the greater community in mind…
      For neighbours – well – its just rude…

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    • ted

      on weekends 7.30 to 6.00pm I like to listen to the news at 6 pm and have people mowing and wiper sniping and blower up to 7.30 on a hot day don’t want to lock up the house to stop noise.

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  3. Margaret

    Someone who wants to mow lawns at 7am is crazy! Have respect for the shift workers! Only lawn mowing businesses would want to start mowing lawns at 7am!

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    • Rob

      What other businesses mow lawns except for lawn mowing businesses??

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    • Glenn

      Quite simple i like to mow at 7am same as 8am sunday. I work on excavators during the week nice and early. Dont like it ah well

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      • Michelino

        Agreed,

        What about those of us usually start work at 6am and only have 1 day off a week,
        I suppose it doesnt matter if we dont have enough hours in the only day we have off to do our chores and hopefully get a little rest before back into another hetic week.

        How dare we be so inconsiderate.

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        • Reece

          Im sure there is someone at home and im sure if your working 6 days a week you coupd afford someone to come do it for you.
          There are ways around it

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        • Brad

          How about those of us in hospitality who work till 4am and are lucky to have a day of in a week

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        • Lisa

          Sorry but I work 6 days a week. I would like to have one day yo slee late and not be woken up to an early laen mower. Thats inconsiderate.

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      • Quell Fraiso

        Well Glenn you sound a like a bit of a selfish fuc*wit don’t you? MOST people like to sleep past 7am and 8am on a Sunday, but because YOU like to do it early everyone else should suffer your noise?

        People like you are the problem with society. I wish the worst.

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  4. Dave O from Brisbane

    Having been a shift worker for many years, I have come to accept unwanted noise as part of the territory. You can’t stop the world from functioning just because you decide to work the graveyard shift. That’s where headphones/earplugs came in handy for me. Besides that, anyone who has a regular 9-5 job should be used to getting up around 7am anyway. In my opinion 7 is quite acceptable for anyone wanting to mow a lawn (business or not) on any day except a Sunday morning.

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    • Dave O from Brisbane

      Oh, and for party’s not being as disruptive as a lawn mower – you have got to be kidding! Mowing a lawn usually takes about 1hr tops. Most people continue a party for 4+ hours and the disruptive ones go on into the early hours of the morning. Loud music, people yelling and carrying on, and cars coming and going is far more annoying than the continuous hum of a mower. But I guess it’s may be based on YOUR lifestyle. If you are one of those loud-party type of people, you are probably oblivious to how much that upsets your neighbours.

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  5. Glenn O

    I live on an acreage on a rural residential property (6 acres). I am also retired now and in my mid sixties. With Queensland’s super hot climate in summer I would like to start mowing earlier than 7am (and remember 7am in Queensland is really 8am in the rest of the Eastern states in Summer). It is crazy for senior citizens to be out in the hottest part of the day mowing. And a question: Is the law different for people in rural residential areas where houses are widely separated? Farmers near me regularly are out on their tractors very early and it doesn’t bother me.

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  6. Cooper

    9am till 8am is good in sa

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  7. Yilop Ganda

    If ur not already up by 7am ur a lazy bugga except if ur on shift WK. Why sleep ur life away…get up get active. Good on the noise. Birds r awake. U should b awake. Parties that go for too long r inconsiderate. That’s why they invented night clubs.

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  8. Peter Ward

    Texas school mower the lawn at 6:30 am everyday I have told them about start before 7am

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    • Andrea Martins

      Hi Peter, not sure what the rules are in Texas. The times we put on our site are a guide for Australia only. Cheers.

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      • Andrew Griffin

        Texas is a town in rural QLD Andrea.

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  9. duncan

    i think in south australiait should be 7am as that way you can get it done in the collest partof the day. then you have the rest of the dayto doyour shopping etc and also rest. i haveonce startede at 8;30 am just to fit three in in one day. how everr my neighbors just after theybrought the house were using their chainsaw at about 6am every day. we went away omn a holiday and when we came back they had no chainsaw. #suckedinstuipdidiots. i later found out that someone rang the cops andthe chainsaw was taken away and sold off due to them not caring. the person whom called the cops had asked themto not do it so early and that was ignored twiceso cops got invloved. myneighb0ors dont mind if i startearly as they knowim a busy chap usally juggling four to five once a month on the same weekend. as well as swimming.i may be tired but it makes me sleep well.

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  10. Annoyed

    I have a neighbor that mows his lawn twice a day and every day of the week. Mowed it Christmas Eve one year and I live in upstate NY. He mows at supper time and on Sunday at 1 pm when I am having dinner and trying to watch a game. He mows his lawn and the guy across the street. He is a jerk as far as I am concerned

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  11. susan

    My neighbors use power tools at 830pm at night and I wake up for work at 530am.do they care? Of course not. It disturbs my sleep and causes stress to my dogs too

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