Nuisances

The Shire’s Environmental Health Officers deal with a range of nuisances and health concerns.

Nuisances are often caused by noise, dust, odour or wood smoke.

The key role of the Environmental Health department is to protect the health and well-being of our community.

Please refer to the information below, or contact our Health Officers on 9724 0000 for more information.

You may also like to access our Complaint Form 95.


NOISE

In our modern-day environment, there are many sources of noise. Some are not noticed or don’t bother us while others can cause significant nuisance. One of the core duties of Health Services is the enforcement of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations which set a limit to the amount of noise that may be received at sensitive premises such as dwellings.  If you are having issues with a noise nuisance, you may find this comprehensive Information Sheet of assistance.

You are also welcome to Contact us for more information.

The law does allow people to create a limited amount of noise without affecting the amenity of surrounding neighbours.  Environmental Health Officers can advise you on the allowable limits.

The other aspect of the Noise Regulations is that they provide certain controlled exemptions for public events, entertainment venues, building sites, household equipment (lawn-mowers, musical instruments), and calls to worship. If you are in one of these categories and you wish to know more about your entitlements, restrictions, and the process of applying for exemption, please contact Health Services.

Noise Exemption Regulation 18 Application (Form 93)
Department of Environment Regulation – Noise


DUST

The Shire of Dardanup has laws (Dust Control Local Law) to protect people from excessive dust potentially created by developments, commercial or industrial operations, or private property. If you are currently experiencing a dust issue, please contact us or submit a complaint please click on the above form link.


ODOUR

There are various causes of odour.  Some are the result of natural decay, whereas others are caused by commercial or industrial processes.  Some odours can be a general nuisance whilst others can present a real risk to human health.

If you are experiencing odour issues, please contact us or click on the Complaint Form link above.


WOOD SMOKE

Wood smoke is a common issue during winter time.  While there are certain qualities and benefits to use wood heaters, it is important for the owners to operate them correctly to prevent excessive smoke for neighbours.

It is important to keep in mind that the particulates from smoke can cause minor to severe issues for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions.  This is particularly applicable in residential areas.

If you have an issue with smoke from a neighbour’s wood fire, please click on the Complaint Form link above.

The Department of Environment Regulation has produced the following information sheets relevant to wood smoke:

Wood Heater – Compliance Requirements
Wood Heaters – Reducing Smoke Emissions
Wood Heaters – Halt the Haze