Noise Ordinance Amendment



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On February 18, 2014, staff presented a draft for a new Noise Ordinance (Chapter 108.1 of the County Code) to the Board of Supervisors' (Board's) Development Process Committee.  The overall goal of the proposed Noise Ordinance is to minimize nighttime noise and guarantee residents a certain level of quietness within their homes.  The proposed new Noise Ordinance would replace both the existing Noise Ordinance (Chapter 108) and the existing Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings provisions (Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the County Code).  The Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Districts provisions were adopted by the Board on December 3, 2013 and a brief description of the amendment is located here.  Among other things, the new Noise Ordinance prohibits certain noises and exempts certain other noises.  

 In order to obtain feedback on the proposed new Noise Ordinance, the following public meetings were held:

On June 10, 2014, staff presented a summary of all comments received to the Board's Development Process Committee.  At that meeting, the Committee directed staff to prepare a range of options on how the proposed amendment could be advertised to give the Board maximum flexibility given the diversity of opinions and comments on the proposal. The Committee requested that these options be presented for consideration at the next Development Process Committee meeting, which is scheduled for September 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9 and 10 in the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA  22035.  A revised draft Noise Ordinance Amendment and a summary chart outlining the applicability of the proposed amendment with options that will be discussed with the Committee at the September 30th meeting are available for review.

Background

The Board has requested staff to review and revise the Noise Ordinance to better address the methodology used in noise measurements, considering the appropriateness of establishing daytime and nighttime noise levels to protect the community and, add other objective criteria to regulate noise within Fairfax County.  On December 3, 2013, the Board adopted a new Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the County Code (Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings) which gave the Police Department the ability to address certain sound that is generated in a residential dwelling or residential area that is plainly audible and discernible inside another person's dwelling with doors and windows closed.  The recently adopted Article 6 was intended to be an interim step in addressing noise, until more comprehensive amendments to Chapter 108 were considered by the Board.  The proposed amendment is in response to these requests.

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Additional Information

If you wish to speak with someone regarding this amendment, please contact the Ordinance Administration Branch of the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314.


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