Neighbourhood Issues


There are noise restrictions which apply particularly in residential areas. Some of the restrictions are:

  • Power tools and equipment (power garden tools eg lawn mowers, leaf blowers, electrical and pneumatic tools, chainsaw or circular saws, gas or air compressors, swimming pool / spa pumps)

    These items should not be used between

    8pm – 7am weekdays and Saturdays
    8pm – 8am Sundays and public holidays.

  • Musical instruments and sound equipment (radio, tv, hi-fi’s, tape recorders, records, DVD or CD player, public address systems or computer games)

    Noise restrictions apply between

    12 midnight – 8am Friday, Saturday and any day preceding a Public Holiday.
  • 10pm - 8am Any other days

  • Domestic air conditioners or water heaters 

    Noise restrictions may apply between

    10pm – 7am weekdays
    10pm – 8am weekends and public holidays.

  • Motor vehicles (except when entering or leaving residential premises)   Noise should be kept to a minimum between   
    8pm – 7 am weekdays
    8pm – 8am weekends and public holidays

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All slow combustion woodheaters tend to smoke at light-up or refuelling.  However, there is no reason for woodheaters to smoke excessively for long periods of time if they are operated correctly and are well maintained.

Minimising the emission of visible smoke from woodheaters and fireplaces can have substantial health benefits for the community.
The EPA recommends that councils consider the following options for tackling wood smoke issues in their local communities:

NSW Environmental Protection Agency - Woodsmoke

Dividing Fences

Dividing fences separates the land of adjoining owners or neighbours. Hay Shire Council is not responsible for the legislation, rules or procedures governing dividing fences within the Shire.

Established procedures should be followed when erecting and funding a dividing fence. If disputes arise, the matter is determined by a State Government Tribunal.

Use the following link for information dividing fences, sharing costs, serving notices etc

Trees – (Disputes Between Neighbours)

Council is not responsible for the administration concerning disputes between neighbours with trees located on private property.

Council’s policy is not to become involved in these disputes or in making assessment or reporting to the local court on behalf of individual neighbours.

The link following may provide some information of use


For most of the year magpies are a colourful and melodious part of our environment, however during the nesting season magpies may become a problem when swooping.

Swooping is a natural behaviour as the birds defend their nesting territory and usually occurs for about 8 weeks in spring from August until October.

There are things we can do to avoid being swooped:

  • Avoid the swooping areas by taking an alternative route.
  • Wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses.
  • Carry an umbrella.
  • Watch the bird as you walk through their territory, this may discourage attack.

Remember magpies are protected throughout NSW and it is against the law to kill or injure the birds, collect their eggs or harm their young.


Mosquitoes are an annoying pest that transmits disease and parasites.

Some of the more common diseases known to be caused by mosquito bites are Filariasis (heart worm), Epidemic Polyarthritis (Ross River fever) and Australian Encephalitis (Murray Valley fever).

Mosquito breeding can occur in any stagnant body of water. To minimise breeding follow these simple tips

  • change water weekly in bird baths
  • stock ponds with fish
  • make sure roof gutters drain properly
  • remove pot plant saucers or fill them with sand
  • check funnels of bromeliad plants
  • screen or cover septic tanks and water holding tanks
  • keep lawns and other ground vegetation short.
  • drain unused swimming pools completely
  • wear long sleeves and cover exposed skin particularly at dusk
  • limit outdoor activities at dusk


Bees are an important part of our environment and become very active during spring and usually swarm between September and December. Swarming is a natural behaviour and is part of the reproductive lifecycle of honey bees.

Bee swarms on private property are the responsibility of the occupier. If swarms are a problem, check the Yellow Pages in the phone directory under Apiarists or Bee Keepers for people willing to collect bees in your area. For more troublesome swarms, it may be necessary to contact a pest controller.


Snakes are a natural occurrence within our environment and are active throughout the warmer months.

Snakes are protected within NSW and should not be harmed.

Council does not under any circumstance provide a service for the removal of snakes. Check the Yellow Pages in the phone directory for assistance with snake removals but do not attempt to catch or handle a snake for any reason.