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Noise Codes & Complaints

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Noise Code (Local Law 113 of 2005)
The City's new noise code takes effect on July 1, 2007. Noise complaints continue to be the number one quality of life issue for New York City residents; however the City's old noise code was over 30 years old. The new legislation establishes a flexible, yet enforceable noise code that responds to the need for peace and quiet while maintaining New York's reputation as the "City that never sleeps".
Summary of the new noise code (PDF)
Complete text of the noise code (PDF)
Noise Code Penalty Schedule 15 RCNY §31-115 (PDF)
Airport Noise Study (PDF)
Transit Noise Study (PDF)


Residential Noise Control Guidance Sheet
The following Guidance Sheet is intended to provide guidance for residents of New York City seeking relief from city noise. Residential noise control options, methods, products and services are described to aid homeowners and tenants living in multi-family dwellings (apartments, condos, etc.) and in single-family homes. Guidance is provided for control of airborne, structure-borne, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and outside noise.
Residential Noise Control Guidance Sheet (PDF)


Requirements and Standards for Commercial Music
Under Local Law 113 for the year 2005, the new Noise Control Code was adopted. Amongst the many changes the new law brought into effect was the establishment of standards and procedures to reduce noise from commercial music. Rules have been adopted to set forth the requirements for avoiding imposition of a penalty for a first violation of the commercial music laws as well as the procedure to obtain a variance from the decibel limits in the Code for commercial music establishments and enterprises. Additionally, as nightclubs, restaurants, bars and cafes play an important role in the City’s economic development the DEP has developed a guidance document intended to assist those establishments that play music with information on a range of acoustical products, vendors, and professional services available to help control sound and vibration in their establishments and buildings. When applied properly, these acoustical tools may be helpful in reducing sound and vibration, and in achieving compliance with the New York City Noise Code, rules and regulations
Commercial Music Mitigation Rules
Commercial Music Variance
Noise Control Guidance for Nightlife Industry


Construction Noise Rules, Forms, Guidance, and Public Access
The information in this section is required in order to comply with Title 24 Chapter 2 – Noise Control Code, Subchapter 4 “Construction Noise Management.”
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Buy Quiet Program
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. To create a more healthful workplace, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends preventing hazardous noise through controls for noise exposure and encourages business owners to create Buy Quiet programs as a first step.


Noise Control for Building Interior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet
The following is intended to provide guidance and example resources for noise control inside buildings stemming from the operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. HVAC equipment involves rotating machinery and air moving devices, all of which can generate noise and vibration levels that easily transfer into and transmit through a building’s interior. This is particularly true if the HVAC equipment is centrally located inside a building or on its roof as opposed to being in its basement.
Noise Control for Building Interior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet (PDF)


Noise Control for Building Exterior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet
The following is intended to provide guidance and example resources for noise control of building exterior heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. HVAC equipment involves rotating machinery and air moving devices which generate noise that can propagate through the open air to nearby noise sensitive locations. This is particularly true if the HVAC equipment is located on the roof of one building in close proximity or with a direct line of sight to an adjacent building.
Noise Control for Building Exterior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet


Requirements and Standards to be a Noise Consultant Form
On December 29th, 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 113 for the year 2005. The law amended the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to the Noise Control Code. Specifically, the law established standards and procedures to reduce noise from construction and commercial music, and established sound level standards and procedures for specific noise sources. The law also mandated the adoption of rules in section 24-231 of the Administrative Code. Pursuant to that section, these rules set forth the requirements to obtain a zero penalty for a first violation of section 24-231(a) as well as obtaining a variance from the decibel limits for commercial music establishments and enterprises. The rules also set forth the requirements and standards to be a noise consultant. The rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York as well as section 24-231 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.
Requirements and Standards to be a Noise Consultant Form (PDF)
DEP-Approved Noise Consultant List (PDF)

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