Northbridge entertainment noise

We are working on reforms to manage music noise in special entertainment precincts.


The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is working with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) to progress reforms to provide certainty for entertainment venues and enhanced protections for new residential development in entertainment precincts.

The proposed reforms are aimed at balancing the competing needs of entertainment venues, other businesses and residents in busy entertainment precincts such as Northbridge.

The special entertainment precinct reform includes:

  1. a Western Australian Planning Commission position statement on special entertainment precincts in WA
  2. proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 to establish provisions for entertainment venues in approved special entertainment precincts to emit music noise in excess of the assigned (prescribed) levels. The consultation paper Managing amplified music noise in entertainment precincts provided a number of reform options
  3. a planning scheme amendment to City Planning Scheme No.2, initiated by the City of Perth, which identifies Northbridge as a special entertainment precinct.

Once the City of Perth Council has decided on the planning scheme amendment, we will work with DPLH in its consideration of the amendment.

In 2018, DPLH, on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, and DWER prepared a joint discussion paper. This paper, Planning for Entertainment Noise in the Northbridge Area: Public consultation paper, outlined proposed reforms that address the issue of entertainment noise impacts in the Northbridge mixed-use entertainment precinct.

Technical reports

To inform the decision-making process, we engaged acoustic consultants to produce the following technical reports on Northbridge noise levels, building attenuation and modelled noise impacts for various scenarios:

Low Frequency Music Noise Prediction - Northbridge Entertainment Precinct by Lloyd George Acoustics

Northbridge noise monitoring report by Lloyd George Acoustics

Northbridge residential building attenuation report by Gabriels Hearne Farrell

Page reviewed 18 November 2022