What time can I mow my lawn in Victoria?

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 Melbourne or elsewhere in Victoria.

What time can you mow a lawn in Victoria?

According to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria, noise from lawnmowers is not allowed during the following windows:

  • Monday to Friday before 7 am and after 8 pm.
  • Weekends and public holidays before 9 am and after 8 pm.

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

What types of noises are restricted?

The restrictions also cover other power tools, including:

  • Lawnmowers or other grass-cutting devices
  • Electric power tools, chainsaws or circular saws
  • Gas or air compressors
  • Pneumatic power tools, hammers or other impacting tools or grinding equipment
  • Vessel or personal watercraft

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

How loud is a lawn mower?

Petrol-powered lawn mowers can produce a sound level of 85 decibels, while electric lawn mowers produce sound at or below 75 decibels.

A decibel (dB) is a unit of measure that describes the relative loudness of sounds.

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

Thus, a lawnmower with a noise level of 85 dB would sound twice as loud as a lawnmower with a noise level of 75 dB.

Why are there time restrictions on noise?

Noise restrictions for residential areas are in place to ensure that people can enjoy their homes without disruptions.

For people who need a bit of solitude to recharge in the morning, a lawn mower running at 7 am on Sunday can be a real nuisance.

For others, a pool’s whirring 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 Victoria?

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.

If you’re annoyed by a noisy neighbour, try to talk to them first as they may not be aware there’s a problem.

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

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.

If urgent or after hours, you can contact the police. 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.

FAQ

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

You can mow your lawn on Sunday after 9am. The same goes for Saturdays and public holidays.

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

You can mow your lawn on a Saturday after 9am. The same goes for Sundays and public holidays.