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Should you warn neighbours when you host a party?

Depending on the laws of the state or territory you live, you are entitled to entertain (even loudly) at your property within certain hours.

In New South Wales, you have until midnight to party on the weekends, but in Queensland, there are no time-based noise restrictions and an excessive amount of noise can be reported at any time of the day. You can read more about the specifications of noise curfews where you live in our previous blog post.

With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, we thought we'd take a look at parties, and some of the neighbourly etiquette around warning your street of an upcoming event you may be hosting. Is it necessary to warn your neighbours if you're having people over?

The simple answer is no, it is not necessary to warn neighbours if you are planning on having a party on your property. It may, however, save you from unwanted noise complaints being called to your property if you warn people pre-emptively.

When people lodge a noise complaint with the Queensland Police, there are three steps involved: