Municipal Code

The Boston Municipal Code (chapter 16, section 26) sets the general standard for noise that is unreasonable or excessive: louder than 50 decibels between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, or louder than 70 decibels at all other hours. The code includes specific provisions regarding car alarms, construction hours, and loud speakers and other amplification devices.
City Ordinance Chapter 16, Section 26

Boston Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC)

The APCC has adopted regulations based on the city's ordinance. In particular, the APCC regulations distinguish among residential, business, and industrial districts in the city, and specify restrictions on construction noise.
APCC Regulations 

Enforcement & Reporting

The APCC shares the responsibility of enforcing the City's Noise Ordinance with the Boston Police Department (BPD).


Type of Noise:
Report To:
Car Alarms
Loud Parties
Amplification Devices
Boston Police Party Line: 617-343-5500 OR contact your neighborhood's district police station
Construction Sites
Industrial Sites
Ventilation and Ait-Conditioning

Air Pollution Control Commission: 617-635-3850

AirplaneAirplane noise is addressed by the Massachusetts Port Authority.
More Information About Airplane Noise