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Fairfax County's Noise Ordinance

[ The following has been reproduced from the CODE, Fairfax County, Virginia, Chapter 108, Noise.  ]

Fairfax county residents and businesses are reminded that they must comply with the County's Noise Ordinance and are encouraged to report any violations that directly affect them. The ordinance promotes an environment for county citizens that is free from noise that jeopardizes their health or welfare or degrades the quality of life.

Section 108-4-1. Specific prohibitions.

The following acts are violations of this Chapter:

(a) Using or operating a loudspeaker or other sound amplification device in a fixed or movable position exterior to any building, or mounted upon any motor vehicle for the purpose of commercial advertising, giving instructions, information, directions, talks, addresses, lectures, or providing entertainment to any persons or assemblage of persons on any private or public property, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following day.
(b) Operating or causing to be operated any equipment used in construction, repair, alteration, or demolition work on buildings, structures, streets, alleys, or appurtenances thereto in the outdoors between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following day, except that no such activity shall commence prior to 9 a.m. on Sundays and Federal holidays.
(c) Repairing, rebuilding, or modifying, any motor vehicle or other mechanical device in the outdoors between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following day.
(d) Operating or permitting the operation of powered model vehicles in the outdoors between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following day.
(e) The collection of trash or refuse in residential use districts between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day.
(f) Loading or unloading trucks in the outdoors within one hundred (100) yards of a residence between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day. (7-17-68, 17.9; 24-75-16A; 1961 Code, 16A.4.1; 34-76-108; 24-98-108.)

TV, radio, musical instruments, and animals that howl, bark, meow, or squawk frequently and habitually are declared a noise disturbance any time when plainly audible across property lines or through partitions. To register a complaint, contact the county's Zoning Enforcement Branch during normal business hours, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at 703-324-1300. During non-business hours, call the Public Safety non-emergency line at 703-691-2131.



Updated: 9 January 2012