Know Your Noise Laws and Protect Your Peace of Mind

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You may be frustrated with the noise from your neighbor’s house, but without knowing how communities make noise laws to deal with loud situations, it may be hard for you to get resolution on this kind of problem. Knowing about your local noise laws can help you make good decisions in getting the peace and quiet that you need.

Local Noise Laws

It’s important to understand that a law limiting noise pollution, often called a noise ordinance, is a local law set out by your local government. In a city or borough, there is a board making these decisions. In rural areas, noise pollution laws may be set at the county or township level depending on your state.

What Noise Ordinance Laws Look Like

For some types of noise, such as barking dogs, the local noise ordinance might include a specific limited length of time that barking can go on, such as 15 minutes or half an hour. There are also a lot of noise ordinances specific to the time of day, such as orders for quiet time between nine or ten at night and eight o’clock in the morning. The noise ordinances are set depending on several factors, including past problems with a specific household or business.

Find Out about Your Local Noise Laws

Knowing about your local county or city nose laws is as simple as contacting your local government. Figure out what urban area or rural jurisdiction your location falls into, and call the office to request a copy of the ordinance on noise violations. You can also visit local meetings alone or with a group of neighbors to get your complaint heard by the local government.

Local Zoning Laws

If the noise that is bothering you is coming from an informal home business, that enterprise may not be completely in compliance with local zoning. Knowing zoning law is another way that you can be proactive in your community and keep on top of what’s happening to the properties around you.

Noise Violations for Renters

If you are renting and experiencing a noise pollution situation from another resident, you may not need to bring it to the local board at all. Your landlord may be able to resolve the situation based on what’s in the lease agreement. Take your issues to the landlord first before taking it to local government.

Small Claims Court

There are also limited provisions in local small claims courts for bringing a suit against a neighbor over noise violations. However, these tend not to be worth the money and time spent engaging them. For some who are really worked up over noise issues, court may be an option for getting the case resolved. There are also ‘mediation’ options that may be offered by your local government for sitting both parties down to talk about how to handle noise issues.

All of the above will help locals deal with a noisy situation around their homes when they need to get the peace and quiet they deserve as local residents.

9 Responses to “Know Your Noise Laws and Protect Your Peace of Mind”

  1. June 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm, Ann Apodaca said:

    My mother and I live in a 2 bedroom apartment building on the 1st level, we have very noisy upstairs neighbors, they just purchased a stereo system from best buy and had their music blasting after 11:30 pm, I contacted the landlord regarding the noise, he served them papers, first he served them with a 3 day notice, secondly I think with an eviction, the thing about it is that the people up stairs lied and said it wasn’t him playing his music, am I being illusional? no, he simply lied to the landlord and said that he works 2 jobs and is hardly home, when my mother and I can hear the bass of their stereo and their children running back and forth all hours of the day and night. how do I prove differently?


    • October 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm, Sus said:

      > Record it. Make sure you zoom in on anything that states date and time.


  2. July 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm, sheldon mehr said:

    My gardener was told by my new neighbors that he cannot mow our lawn until 8: AM. What is the law?


  3. September 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm, amilda ulbano said:

    what is the noise ordinance law for the state of florida in the sanford are in seminole county.


  4. March 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm, Tim said:

    Since you asked…

    Seminole County Noise Ordinance
    Noise from radios, cassette players, etc.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to play, use, operate or permit to be played, used, or operated any radio, tape recorder, cassette player or other machine or device for reproducing sound, if the sound generated is audible at a distance of 100 feet from the device producing the sound and if it is located in or on any of the following:
    (1) Any public or private property, including any private or public street, highway,building, sidewalk, park or thoroughfare within Seminole County; or
    (2) Any motor vehicle on private space or a public space, street or highway.
    (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle on public or private space within the county in or on which the motor vehicle there is then being played, used, or operated, any radio, tape recorder, cassette player, or other machine or device for reproducing sound if the sound generated is audible at a distance of 100 feet from the device producing the sound.
    (c) Any authorized public safety officer shall issue a summons for any violation of this section, except that they may arrest for instances when:
    (1) The alleged violator refuses to provide the officer with such person’s name and address and sufficient proof thereof as may be reasonably available to the alleged violator;
    (2) When the alleged violator refuses to cease such illegal activity after being issued a citation.


  5. October 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm, Smira Appelman said:

    What is the noise level law for San Diego County, specifically the city of San Diego? A neighbor continually disregards us by playing his music, with a load base at various times of the day, and night, that literally vibrates our house, and other neighbors. We've approached him many times.


  6. November 03, 2016 at 7:01 am, Darren Hickman said:

    We have a natural gas station behind our house in the last 2 weeks there is a loud motor running 24 hours a day u cannot sit outside on the week ends in peace without hearing this.It is annoying. It is really loud at certain times then others we never lived by anything like this.Is there a resolution to this noise activity.


  7. February 04, 2017 at 8:09 am, Kandie Maynard said:

    I live in an apartment above businesses. My landlord decided he was gonna let his daughter open a music lesson shop right under me.. the walls are paper thin.. matter fact I don't even think the walls have insolation.. everyday of the week I have to now hear her playing the piano. Along with the other instruments the customers are there with.. I live in sharonville ohio and I need to know how to deal with this.. I'm sick of it.. but it's the landlords daughter so how do I approach without being the one to get kicked out.. she doesn't even have to pay rent cuz she's the landlords daughter..


  8. July 04, 2019 at 8:48 pm, Sabrina guhde said:

    I love in a townhome. I love music and I would play it loud fora about an hour or 2 on Saturdays usually around noon while I cleaned the house. Have been doing it for years. 6 years actually and have not had any of issues. I would of course ask myneighbors if it was bothersome if so I could turn it down. The louder the better for me when it comes to music, it soothes my soul but I understand if it's bothersome. I bring a little jambox up to the pool and play music people at the pool asked me to turn it up the request songs and I'm always very aware of my audience yes if there's no kids out there the music would cuss but they were kids at it wouldn't nobody ever complained about it what six months ago management changed around here and may I got a 14-day fix it in 6-month probation notice from the apartment complex 14 days to fix the problem not play music in 6 months to continue not playing music. So I wouldn't play it loud I even asked the apartment manager if she could come down outside of my town home and tell me when it's too loud to live cuz she just said not too loud but I drastically turn it down like halfway what are used to have it I got it you know check I can get evicted one day at the park had the stereo. They're not even turn the path what I normally do and she comes and complains right to the kid how loud is too loud it didn't have all the way up on my little girl by the pool asking turn up the music and she just said put on headphones and walked away I got an eviction notice I have 12 days to leave the premises because I play music at the pool and it was even loud I feel targeted and I feel discriminated against and I'm going to fight it


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