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
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.
The APCC shares the responsibility of enforcing the City's Noise Ordinance with the Boston Police Department (BPD).
Type of Noise:
|Boston Police Party Line: 617-343-5500 OR contact your neighborhood's district police station|
Ventilation and Ait-Conditioning
Air Pollution Control Commission: 617-635-3850
|Airplane||Airplane noise is addressed by the Massachusetts Port Authority.
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