What time can I mow my lawn in QLD?

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 Queensland.

What time can you mow a lawn in Queensland?

In Queensland, the noise restrictions state that no clearly audible noise is allowed between the following times:

  • 7pm to 7am Monday to Saturday
  • 7pm to 8am Sunday or public holiday

Lawn mower noise on a residential property needs to cease during these times.

This information is based on the page Tools and maintenance noise from Brisbane City Council. Be sure to check the noise restrictions for your specific area in case they differ.

What types of noises are restricted?

The noise restrictions cover a range of tools and equipment:

  • compressors or generators
  • ducted vacuuming systems
  • grass cutters (lawn mowers, edge cutters)
  • impacting tools
  • leaf blowers or mulchers
  • oxyacetylene burners
  • electrical, mechanical or pneumatic power tools (chainsaws, drills, sanders, electric grinder, nail gun).

Noise from any of these devices during the restricted times may result in you being charged with an offence.

How loud is a lawn mower?

A regular petrol-powered lawn mower produces a sound level of 85 decibels, while electric lawn mowers produce sound at or below 75 decibels.

The decibel (dB) is a unit of measure used to describe the relative loudness of sounds.

Because the decibel is a logarithmic scale, each increase of 10 dB over a given reference level is perceived as roughly doubling the loudness of the sound.

Therefore, a lawnmower with a noise level of 85 dB would be twice as loud as one with a noise level of 75 dB.

Why are there time restrictions on noise?

Residents value peace and quiet while they are at home, so they appreciate noise restrictions placed on areas that are near their residences.

For example, people who need a bit of solitude to recharge in the morning may be annoyed by a lawn mower running at 7 AM on Sunday.

For others, a pool’s noisy filter pump in the evening may be equally unwelcome.

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

How do you make a noise complaint in Queensland?

Noise can be a great source of stress and disruption. There are rules about noise in residential areas, as well as times when noise should not be made.

Neighbourly disputes over noise are common. If you can, try to sort the problem out with your neighbour before going to the police or council.

You’re better off finding a solution directly, keeping on speaking terms and dealing with the source of the noise. Try to be constructive and suggest ways to solve the problem together.

If you need to lodge a complaint, do so 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.

The Brisbane City Council recommends you phone while the noise is occurring to ensure a prompt response.

If you’re a tenant or live in a strata scheme, there may be other options for complaining as well.

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.