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The City of Fairfax reminds residents of the local laws regarding loud noises between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The City of Fairfax reminds residents about noise regulations.
The City of Fairfax reminds residents about noise regulations.
It is probably safe to say that every resident has had a situation or two in which the neighbors were making too much racket, and you just wish you could make them stop.

It's not uncommon - and that's why the City of Fairfax wants to remind residents of the rules regarding noise from construction or remodeling, parties, music and other things that might affect your neighbors.

"A certain amount of ambient noise can be expected in any neighborhood," the City said in a recent newsletter. "However, there are some noise situations from which citizens may seek relief."

The City explained that City Code Section 38-11 states that devices must be kept at a lower volume between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. every day. 

The City said that if "there is continued, loud, unnecessary or unusual disturbing noise that can be heard outside the facility or 50 feet or more from the source," it could be considered a violation of the City code.

According to the code, construction may take place only from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and only from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and recognized holidays.

"Work that generates noise is prohibited at all other times, unless related to a legitimate emergency or unless a permit is issued to allow for night work," the City said. Interior construction that does not create noise audible at the property line is permitted at any time."

Citizens may call the City of Fairfax Police Department at 703-385-7924 to report noise violations. Neighbors who can safely settle noise problems among themselves are encouraged to do so, they said.

Anyone who suspects a noise that indicates domestic violence or animal abuse should call the police immediately, however.

When calling the police department, be sure to give as much information as possible, including the location and type of noise.

Complaints may be registered anonymously and calls can be kept confidential, but callers should leave their names in case police need to contact them or if the caller wants to check the complaint status.

For more information about the City code or violations, call the City of Fairfax at 703-385-7924. 

What types of noise in your neighborhood bother you? Are your neighbors pretty good about following the rules about noise? Tell us in the comments.


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John Strother August 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
When I had lived on Fountainside lane, my next door neighbor would fire up his non stock jeep at 5 am and drive to work. Driving around my end unit to exit the development. Waking me every morning. I moved. Now the Vulcan Batch making plant in Falls Church receives a powder truck at 5 AM, which is within 100 yards of my house. The laws state plainly no unloading of trucks before 6 AM. No matter what noises they may make. Can't get the police to do anything about it though. Big business over the proper rights of a resident trying to sleep? Plus they allow their mix dust to get dragged out into the street and then it is spread by cars using the street as they speed along carrying the dust in every direction. The County stated that this road is a dead end, ends at the county line with Falls Church. If that was the case, why does over 5,000 cars use it daily as a through street? It is also written that using high beams on a road with street lights shining on the road, is against the law. There isn't a valid reason to use high beams with a street light with street lights. If you can't see, you shouldn't be driving.


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