Development Application

A noise impact assessment (NIA) report is required to be included in the Development Application (DA) submission to Council to demonstrate that noise emissions comply with the development code.

Should your assessable development require performance outcomes that include the assessment of noise impact, it is crucial to conduct a thorough evaluation of the potential noise emissions associated with the proposed development.

Developments that require this evaluation are; residential buildings, commercial establishments, industrial facilities, and any other developments that may have potential noise impacts on surrounding areas.



The following development codes require an NIA to be included in the DA submission and are provided from Xnoise.

Development Codes

These codes regarding noise impact have been taken from the CairnsPlan 2016 v3.1. Developments in the following codes should consider or may require noise impact to be considered in the development application submission.

Environmental management zone code

Development within the environmental management zone may require noise control measures to protect the surrounding ecosystem and minimise any disturbance caused by noise emissions from the proposed development.

Residential zone code

Development does not adversely affect the residential character and amenity of the area and a high level of residential amenity is to be maintained, having regard to traffic, noise, dust, odour, lighting and other locally specific impacts.

Rural zone code

The purpose of the code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes: uses that require isolation from urban areas as a consequence of their impacts, such as lighting, noise, dust or odour, may be appropriate where land-use conflicts are minimised.



Noise emissions impacts are compatible with an active and productive rural setting.

Specialised centre zone code

Specialised centre precinct 2 – Showgrounds and major sports;



Temporary uses may occasionally result in significant impacts in terms of attracting large volumes of people, noise and night time lighting amenity impacts.

Tourism zone code

Development minimises impacts such as traffic, noise, dust, odour, and lighting.

Development does not adversely affect the character and amenity of the area and adjoining areas in terms of traffic, noise, dust, odour, lighting or other physical or environmental impacts.

Tourist accommodation zone code

Development provides a high level of amenity taking into account impacts such as traffic, noise, dust, odour, and lighting.

Development does not adversely affect the tropical, tourist and residential character and amenity of the area in terms of traffic, noise, dust, odour, lighting or other physical or environmental impacts.

Edmonton industry and business local plan code

Development avoids conflicts with, and protects the amenity of surrounding residential areas and sensitive uses and human health and well- being.

Development involving a High impact industry uses and areas that may be allocated for future High impact industry uses, within 500m of a sensitive use or existing or future residential area, are established only where they are supported by an assessment of potential impact from; emissions, noise, dust and particles, light, odour, traffic, any other matter that may give rise to environmental harm.

Smithfield local plan code

Entertainment, restaurants and night time activity establishes in a consolidated precinct, diversifying the appeal and duration of the centre’s use and effectively managing the impacts of noise and light.

Airport environs overlay code

Development is compatible with forecast levels of aircraft noise. Development is appropriately located and designed to prevent adverse impacts from aircraft noise.

Natural areas overlay code

Development does not cause direct or indirect adverse impacts on areas of environmental significance.

Where development within an area of environmental significance cannot be avoided, development ensures adverse impacts on areas of environmental significance are minimised by controlling light and noise emission into biodiversity areas.

Transport network overlay code

Major Development involving sensitive land uses within a major transport corridor buffer area identified in the Transport network overlay – road hierarchy maps; is located, designed and maintained to avoid or mitigate adverse impacts on amenity for the sensitive land use.

Development on Land Affected by Environmental Emissions from Transport and Transport Infrastructure provides requirements for non-residential building design in a designated transport noise corridor.



Development retains and enhances existing vegetation between the development and a major transport corridor, so as to provide screening to potential noise, dust, odour and visual impacts emanating from the corridor.

Animal keeping code

Noise and odour levels generated by the use are compatible with that experienced in the locality.



The use does not have openings that face adjoining sensitive land uses; ensures facilities that house animals; incorporate noise attenuating measures; and ensures buildings are ventilated to minimise potential for odour nuisance.

If you find that your development application requires

support from a Noise Impact Assessment, please make an enquiry.

If you are in the middle of a development application or,

have any questions about the Noise Impact Assessment, please reach out, let me know, I can help.

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