Noise Regulation: What Hour Can the Drilling and Mowing Begin?

From on May 02, 2008 in General

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Whether you want to beat the heat, or are just an ambitious morning person, the hour you choose to begin working about your home may not sit too well with the neighbors. Many contractors are forced to begin working in the early morning hours to protect against years of intense sun exposure. So how do you determine what is okay in your neighborhood?

Each city has its own standards, and not adhering to them may cost both you and your contractor some hefty fines. It is up to you to contact your local offices and educate yourself on the rules. Ignorance is no excuse, and you can bet your neighbors will certainly do their own research. The Noise Control Act of 1972 was when noise was officially defined as a pollutant, and began to be regulated along with air and water. Since 1972, not much attention has been given to this issue nationally; and in recent years it has come down to the local municipal government agencies to pass and enforce ordinances to regulate noise. Some cities for example, require construction noise to be restricted to between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. during the week, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and no work at all on Sundays and holidays. This is definitely one of the more extreme ordinances, and many are more lax. Go to your state or county web site for more information. This site provided by the State of Washington is one such example.

Although it may be inconvenient at times, it is only fair to restrain the commotion of your remodel to your own home as much as possible. Even if your neighbors are kind enough not to complain, you still want to support the tranquility of your neighborhood as much as possible. Discuss this topic further with your contractors. Not only should they already be educated in the regulations, but it is important to discus the issue ahead of time to avoid potential conflicts.