The environmental noise caused by traffic, industrial, agricultural and recreational activities is a common local environmental problem and the source of a number of complaints from the public. In addition to its impacts on humans, noise can disturb the eating, sleeping and breeding patterns of wildlife.

This fact sheet concentrates on the general provisions regulating noise in the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) and associated regulations, which define unreasonable noise and set out the circumstances in which unreasonable noise may be permitted.