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Noise Surveys for Community Noise Ordinance Compliance

Written By: Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP

March 19, 2019

Practically every community in the United States has some noise ordinance to control the level of noise in residential, commercial and industrial areas.

Generally the noise ordinance specifies the maximum allowable noise at the nearest property line—say to a residential area. More specifically they set the noise limit at the nearest residential property line nearest the source (factory, garage, motor pool, entertainment center, shopping center, etc.). Also, set are the times that the noise levels are allowed. For example, no noise at the nearest residential property line above 65 decibels from 9:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M., and no noise level exceeding 75 decibels from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Some communities have gone one step further and established noise levels allowed at various octave bands instead of sound levels. For example:


Other communities have established several types of noise limits such as:


We have the ability to perform the necessary testing to determine compliance with local noise ordinances.

We can measure noise levels or octave bands to assist you in meeting local noise ordinances.

Contact us at 1-800-344-4414 or by e-mail to info@atlenv.com.

Our primary service areas for Noise Surveys are: NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, MA, RI, Wash DC, WI, MD, MI, IL, VA, IN, GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.

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