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Council May Change Certain Noise Code

At the Council Worksession on December 4, 2018, the Mayor and Council discussed legislation in other jurisdictions, such as Baltimore County, Maryland, Arlington County Virginia, and Prince George’s County that is used to control noise in their communities.

In response to the Council discussions, Staff is proposing the following changes to our noise code:

(i) Define “DAY” as a period between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday; and, 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Define “NIGHT” as the period between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday; and, 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

(ii) Certain construction activities producing noise which exceeds the noise limits shall be permitted only during the “Day”. Continuous noise originating from construction sites should not exceed ninety (90) dBA at the construction site property line.

(iii) Allow some noise from certain special Events, as long as Short-term or seasonal activities may not exceed ninety (90) dBA at the event property line

(iv) The following activities or sources of noise shall be exempt from the noise Code, and shall not require a permit: (a) Certain athletic contests and activities (b) Religious facility bells or carillons; (c) Religious or political gatherings and other activities protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; (d) Activities for which the regulation of noise has been preempted by Maryland or federal law; ( e ) Audible signal devices which are employed as warning or alarm signals in case of fire, emergency, collision, theft, or burglary, or imminent danger, etc (f) Noise that is emitted in conjunction with a duly-authorized parade; (g) Electricity-generating systems used to provide emergency backup electric power. (h) Certain athletic contests and other scheduled events if held between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (i) A sound resulting from the operation of an aircraft. (j) Certain outdoor event on a private property 

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