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Question: My new next door neighbor is regularly surpassing the 60 dba limit for night time sound with loud music and arguments past midnight. What can I do?
Answer: This is for informational purposes only, you may want to contact an attorney for advice.
Each city has its own noise ordinance, which can be found through that city's court website. here:
For Maricopa County:
Noise Ordinance (P-23)
At and above certain levels, noise is detrimental to the health and welfare of Maricopa County citizens. Therefore, Maricopa County has determined that it is in the best interest of its citizens to control noise in a manner which promotes commerce; the use, value, and enjoyment of property; sleep and repose; and environmental quality. Therefore, it is hereby declared to be the policy of Maricopa County to prohibit excessive, unnecessary, disruptive, and annoying noises from all sources.
The Sheriff’s Department is responsible for enforcement of the Maricopa County Noise Ordinance. Either contact the Sheriff’s at 602-876-1000 or contact the substation in your area.
Municipal Code 23-14
Enumeration of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises; enumeration not exclusive.
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises and noises in violation of this article, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:
b) Radios, phonographs, etc. The playing of any radio, phonograph or any other musical instrument in such a manner or with such volume, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, hospital or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, or of any persons in the vicinity.(c) Yelling, shouting, etc., on streets. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any hospital, dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, or of persons in the vicinity.
(l) Noises to attract attention. The use of any drum, loudspeaker or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance, show or sale of display of merchandise.
(m) Loudspeakers or amplifiers on vehicles. The use of mechanical loudspeakers or amplifiers on automobiles, trucks, buses or other moving or standing vehicles for advertising or other purposes.
My new next door neighbor is regularly surpassing the 60 dba limit for night time sound with loud music and arguments past midnight. What can I do?
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