City of Dunedin
PROPOSED NOISE ORDINANCE
NOTE: Italicized items are additions to the existing noise ordinance,
as discussed in the consultant’s report and in the four Task Force meetings
held in 2007. Non-italicized items
are in the City’s existing ordinance.
“A-weighted” decibel threshold
- An A-weighted
sound level is one to which an A weighting filter has been applied.
The A-weighting filter approximates the response of the human ear
to lower and medium level pure tone sounds.
- Define decibel
meter (Insert definition here)
certification to use decibel meter (Insert definition here)
- Define receiving
- The receiving
point is the physical location at which a sound is heard by a person of
- Define “Unlawful Noise”
- Noise that disturbs, injures or endangers the
comfort, health, peace or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary
- Exhaust noise caused by worn out or defective
- Construction equipment between the hours of 7:00 PM
and 6:00 AM Monday through Saturday, or at any time on Sunday.
- Sound from amplified equipment in moving vehicles,
vessels, or from stationary locations that
exceed 65 DBA at the point of receipt. (Boom boxes)
- Sound from domestic animals or birds that are
frequent or continuous, and which disturb people in the neighborhood.
- Motor vehicle or machinery noise that produces
grating or grinding sounds, or is not equipped with the manufacturer’s
specified noise suppression system.
- Machinery, manufacturing or other similar noise that
is continuous or at frequent intervals, that annoys or disturbs persons of
- Lawn equipment sound between the hours of sunset and
- For live or
recorded music, sound exceeding an “A-weighted” decibel threshold of
65 DBA, measured at the receiving point by a person trained and certified
in the use of the decibel meter.
- Provide exceptions to the rule in the interest of the
- Emergency vehicles
- Special events put on, sponsored, or permitted by
the City on public property.
- Emergency construction work necessary for the
protection of life or property.
- Public transportation sounds—planes, trains,
- Emergency alarms, within a reasonable time for the
owner to shut the alarm off.
- Church bells and organs used to signal church
- Public service vehicles and equipment
(Street sweepers, refuse trucks, etc.)
excess of the DBA threshold granted by special permit of the City.
- Establish penalties for violation
- Fine of not more than $500, or
- Imprisonment for not more than 60 days, or
- Provide that if any elements of the ordinance are
found to be unconstitutional, or otherwise invalid, that the remaining
elements of the ordinance can still be enforced.
- Establish setback and buffering rules for mechanical
equipment on property zoned for industrial or commercial use.
Live or Recorded
regulations pertaining to the sound created by entertainment, typically live
or recorded music.
- Days and times
that amplified music may be played outdoors:
Sunday through Thursday until 11:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday
- Application of
“A-weighted” decibel threshold, measured at the receiving point to
determine unlawful noise.