FAQ & Information Sheets
To view information sheets on some of these issues or to find other resources you may require, click on the links below. The Environmental Health Officers are available to further assist you in any of these areas and can be contacted on 9841 9333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information pack below provides information for those people who wish to produce food from their home for sale to the public.
Sanitisers are chemical agents designed to kill bacteria and microorganisms. They are critical ingredients in keeping work areas clean.
I have a noise complaint. Who can help me?
You will need to fill in an Environmental Health Complaint Form. You can also put your complaint in writing, either by email email@example.com, or by using the 'report it' link, or by mail to Environmental Health, City of Albany, PO Box 484, Albany.
If the noise issue occurs after hours please contact the Albany Police Station to see if they are able to deal with it. Police action or reports can be used as evidence by the City of Albany. Please refer to the 'Noise' information sheet.
The Noise information sheet below summarises the conditions that apply to 'specified equipment' as described in the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997.
General information is provided in the Noise Overview information sheet concerning the standards applying to neighbourhood noise, power tools, construction sites, intruder alarms, music and party noise.
More detailed information sheets are also available below on Musical Instruments, Intruder Security Alarms and the Housing Industry Association Recommendations for Noise Control on Building Sites, as these are common sources of complaint.
Should you wish to discuss a noise concern you may have, please contact one of the City's Environmental Health Officers on 9841 9333.
With water becoming recognised as a valuable commodity, water tanks are becoming more and more popular within both residential and rural areas.
For further information please contact one of the City's Environmental Health Officers on 9841 9314.
Mosquitoes are causing nuisance, what is the City of Albany doing and what can I do?
The City of Albany does undertake regular monitoring and baiting of public areas in an effort to decrease the numbers of mosquitoes. However, it is still important the property owners and occupiers take measures to ensure that mosquitoes do not breed in their backyards and lead to an increase in nuisance.
Mosquitoes in your back yard
Mosquito control in your own back yard is as important as mosquito control in public areas. Millions of mosquitoes breed in back yards in water-holding objects such as buckets, tyres and unused water tanks. Effective control throughout the community will lead to a drop in the number of mosquitoes. The information in this brochure can also be applied to controlling midges.
“Fight the Bite” campaign
The City of Albany is supporting the “Fight the Bite” campaign which encourages individuals to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes in three ways – covering up, using repellent and cleaning up areas around the home where mosquitoes can breed.
Further information is available at: http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/fightthebite
Homemade Mosquito Trap
You can help reduce the number of adult mosquitoes on your property by building and maintaining a simple mosquito trap, as shown in the download below.
Rats pose a major health risk to the community. They carry and transmit many diseases, contaminate food and food preparation areas with their fur, droppings and urine, cause damage to buildings and create foul odours with their colonies.
Unfortunately syringes, from both medicinal and illegal usage, are often dumped in public places. This information sheet advises on safe disposal.
All asbestos cement products can be removed safely without posing a risk to the public or workers provided safe work procedures are followed.
What are some problems with wood smoke and what can I do to help?
Wood smoke is a pollutant that can adversely affect our health. Research has confirmed that the smoke produced by incorrectly operated domestic wood heaters produces haze/smog. The use of dry firewood makes a large difference in how much pollution your wood heater produces. Wet or green wood doesn’t generate much heat, causing the wood heater to smoke excessively.
Please refer to the 'Wood Smoke' information sheet.
Can I burn waste in my backyard?
You cannot burn rubbish in the City of Albany due to the smoke nuisance and fire danger. If you are caught burning rubbish you may be fined. Alternative options such as bulk waste collection, greenwaste collection, bin collections of disposal at landfill facilities are all available. Small amount of greenwaste may be burnt, however other disposal options such as mulching or disposal by greenwaste collections is recommended.
Certain restrictions on the numbers and location of poultry have been set in the City of Albany Animal Local Laws. Refer to the information sheet for a summary of these conditions.
The City of Albany Animal Local Laws also address the issues of numbers of pigeons, loft construction and flight times. Refer to the document for a summary of the requirements.
Standards have been developed to help minimise dust and sand nuisances from cleared land and building sites. Land needs to be cleared and filled to undertake development but there are obligations on developers to minimise the inconvenience their actions cause to neighbouring landowners.
Tattoos, body piercing, branding, cutting and scarification are all types of body art and can also be defined as skin penetration. Regulations provide for proper hygiene and control of infectious diseases.
For further information on a wide range of up-to-date information and helpful fact sheets, visit the Department of Health’s Population Health A-Z directory of health topics.