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Air Pollution

Emissions into the air can cause a nuisance to neighbours and interfere with their normal daily activities. If severe enough, it can even impact on human health and the environment.
Should you have a problem with air emissions, attempt to discuss the issue directly with the person responsible for the nuisance in order to try and achieve a solution. Give them an appropriate time frame to do something about it. If the situation has not changed after that time, it may then be necessary to contact the appropriate authority.
Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain air pollution issues, and shares the responsibility of air emissions with other government bodies. Please refer to the information below which outlines authorities for various air emission types.

Who to contact

Dust

For information in regards to Dust please contact Council’s Environmental Health Unit (02) 6670 2400.

Odour

  • Spear pump – Council’s Environmental Health services (02) 6670 2400.
  • Council sewage treatment plant – Council’s Water unit (02) 6670 2400.
  • On-site sewage management system – Council’s Environmental Health services (02) 6670 2400.
  • Dewatering - Council’s Environmental Health services (02) 6670 2400.

Smoke

  • Backyard burning - Operated on residential land and some commercial land - Council’s Environmental Health services (02) 6670 2400.
  • Chimney smoke - Operated on residential land and some commercial land - Council’s Environmental Health services (02) 6670 2400.
  • Cigarette smoke - Contact your local office of NSW Ministry of Health (NSW Health)

Spray Drift

Refer to Chemicals and Pesticides

Further Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is offensive noise?
The definition of offensive noise in the POEO Act is noise: 
(a) that, by reason of its level, nature, character or quality, or the time at which it is made, or any other circumstances: 
        (i) is harmful to (or is likely to be harmful to) a person who is outside the premises from which it is emitted, or 
        (ii) interferes unreasonably with (or is likely to interfere unreasonably with) the comfort or repose of a person who is outside the premises from which it is emitted, or 
(b) that is of a level, nature, character or quality prescribed by the regulations or that is made at a time, or in other circumstances, prescribed by the regulations.
Last Updated: 25 September 2018