Environmental Protection

Environmental Nuisances

Queensland has laws relating to environmental nuisances. If you have an issue with dust, smoke, noise, light, odour or any other emission, Council will investigate and determine if the nuisance is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act.

If the nuisance is determined to be an offence, Council will take action on your behalf.

Noise is a major source of nuisance within the community, however only certain types of noises are regulated under Queensland law.

Noise from building works is restricted to 6.30am-6.30pm Monday to Saturday. Noise from building works on a Sunday or public holiday is not permitted.

Other types of regulated noise include tools such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers and power tools, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, pumps and boat engines. For further details on noise restrictions and nuisances please contact Council's Environmental Services section on 1300 763 903.

Water Pollution

Laws exist in Queensland relating to water pollution and the potential for water pollution, relating to the release of a contaminant into a waterway and the placing of a contaminant where it could be expected to move or be carried by rainfall into a drain, gutter, creek, river or other body of water.

Contaminants include things such as oil (including vegetable oil), paint, lawn clippings and other vegetation, concrete slurry, batteries, tyres etc. For a comprehensive list of prohibited substances please contact Council's Environmental Services section on 1300 763 903.

Significant fines and penalties exist and Council officers will investigate any valid complaints received.

Littering and Illegal Dumping

Littering and illegal dumping of waste is not just unsightly - it can pollute waterways, cause land contamination, illness or injury to people and wildlife, pest harbourages and odour nuisances.

Council's Environmental Service Department officers investigate complaints of littering and illegal dumping and have the power to collect evidence for prosecution, and issue on-the-spot fines. The table of penalties is listed below.

Offence Description On the spot fine Maximum penalty
Deposit more than 200L of litter (individual) $1600 $16 500
Deposit more than 200L of litter (corporation) $6400  
Deposit of dangerous littering (individual) $400 $4000
Deposit of dangerous littering (corporation) $1600  
Deposit 20L – 200L of litter (individual) $400 $4000
Deposit 20L – 200L of litter (corporation) $1600  
Litter from a vehicle (individual) $300 $3000
Litter from a vehicle (corporation) $1200  
Deposit – other litter $200 $2000