What time can I mow my lawn in NSW?

Noise restrictions are common with local councils and mean you are only allowed to use powered garden tools during certain time periods.

If you’re an early riser who likes to get the garden jobs done before the heat of the day, you may be wondering whether you’ll breach the restrictions by mowing your lawn too early.

This article will explain exactly what time you can mow your lawn if you live in Sydney or elsewhere in NSW.

What time can you mow a lawn in NSW?

According to the NSW Government website, noise from mowing and other power tools is allowed during the following windows:

  • 8am to 8pm on Sundays and public holidays
  • 7am to 8pm on any other day

Power tool noise or pool pump noise on a residential property that can be heard in neighbouring residences needs to cease outside of these times.

If the noise continues after an enforcement officer or the council has given you a warning, you may be charged with an offence.

What types of noises are restricted?

The restrictions cover most domestic power tools, including:

  • electric powered tools (including battery operated tools)
    • circular saw
    • electric drills and screw drivers
  • powered garden tools (petrol engine or electric motor)
    • lawn mower or lawn trimmer
    • leaf blower or sweeper
    • garden mulcher, chipper or shredder
    • edge-cutter
    • chainsaw
  • gas or air compressor and pneumatic tools
  • swimming pool pump
  • spa pump

How loud is a lawn mower?

Petrol powered lawn mowers typically produce 85 decibels of sound.

Electric lawn mowers produce sounds at or less than 75 decibels. Noise at this level is less likely to cause any kind of damage to your hearing but may still disturb neighbours, especially if their house is close to where you are operating the mower.

Decibels (dB) measure the relative loudness of sounds.

The scale is logarithmic, which means that each 10dB increase is perceived as roughly doubling the loudness of the sound.

So, a lawnmower with a noise level of 85dB would seem twice as loud as a lawnmower with a noise level of 75dB.

Why are there time restrictions on noise?

Any activity that unreasonably interferes with the peace and quiet is prohibited.

This is so people can enjoy their property without disruption.

While one person may find it a bit overboard that they can’t mow their lawn at 7 am on a Sunday, they likely wouldn’t appreciate a droning pool pump in the evening while they are trying to get to sleep.

The rules are designed to ensure everyone gets a fair window of peace and quiet.

How do you make a noise complaint in NSW?

If you have a problem with noise, start by talking to your neighbour. If this doesn’t work, contact your local council or the police. If you’re a tenant or live in a strata scheme, there may be other options for complaining as well.

You can contact the police if there is an urgent noise problem. The police can issue a warning, or order the person to stop making the noise. The police can issue a noise abatement order, and if the person does not comply with this, they can be given a fine.

For non-urgent cases, you can lodge a complaint with your local council. Officers at the local council can issue a warning, a noise abatement direction, a prevention notice, or a fine for breaching a noise abatement direction relating to offensive noise.

FAQ

What is the earliest time I can mow my lawn on a Sunday?

You can mow your lawn on Sunday after 8am. The same goes for public holidays.

What is the earliest time I can mow my lawn on a Saturday?

You can mow your lawn on a Saturday after 7am. The same goes for all days aside from Sundays and public holidays.