Residents of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo
The jurisdiction over noise complaints is divided amongst different Council/State Government bodies depending on the source of the noise. Here is a shortlist of useful contact numbers:
City of Sydney Council: 9265 9333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Sydney Rangers: 1300 651 301 or 9265 9561
Kings Cross Police: 8356.0099
Kings Cross Police Licensing Unit: 8356.0004
NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing: 9995 0300
Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC): 131 555
General complaints to the City of Sydney:
To make an official complaint to the City of Sydney (e.g. about noise or other impacts), you must phone the City of Sydney general number on 02 9265 9333 or personally visit the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Centre on Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross.
You must ask for an incident number for each official complaint you make – this is the only way you can be sure your matter will be recorded by Council.
Complaints about licensed premises:
Complaints about the operation of licensed premises may relate to the premises complying with their Development Consent (City of Sydney) or their liquor license (NSW Office of Gaming, Liquor and Racing).
To make a complaint to the (NSW Government) Office of Gaming, Liquor and Racing about a licensed premises, you should follow the procedures given in this leaflet.
Advice, tips and tricks about making noise complaints: (The following information has been provided by an experienced local resident)
On 13 October 2009 Lord Mayor Clover Moore, responding to numerous complaints from residents about continuing noise from licensed premises, clubs, venues and buskers in the Kings Cross/Potts Point precinct, wrote to residents advising them:
In July 2010, the then Superintendent of Kings Cross Local Area Command, Supt. Tony Crandell, also wrote to residents:
So – Council wants you to call the Police, and the Police are asking you to call them. The Police are your best ally!
If you are woken, kept awake or disturbed at any time by excessive amplified noise or anti-social behaviour coming from clubs and venues, or by unreasonable noise from amplified buskers, you should immediately call Kings Cross Police on 8356.0099. They will respond to your call as quickly as possible, but please be patient as they may have to first deal with more urgent matters as a priority. It’s also important that complaints are made to the Police as it helps them build data about premises that continue to be ‘repeat offenders’.
Police appreciate residents being proactive, but if on a rare occasion you encounter reluctance from their switchboard (“It’s Kings Cross mate, what do you expect?“) you can gently point out to them that you’ve down your homework and that the venue is actually in violation of its license conditions or that the busker is breaching rules about ‘excessively loud performances‘ The Council’s own regulation states: