Loudoun County Noise Ordinance

54.02   UNREASONABLE NOISE.

(a)   Purpose. The making, creation or maintenance of excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noises which are prolonged, unreasonable or unusual in their time, place and use, affect and are a detriment to the public health, comfort, safety and welfare of the County and its inhabitants. It is therefore hereby declared that the provisions of this section are enacted in pursuance of and for the purpose of securing and promoting the public health, comfort, safety and welfare of the County and of its inhabitants.

(b)   Prohibition. No person shall make, continue, or cause or permit to be made or continued, any excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud or otherwise unreasonable noise, which annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons in the County.

Acts in violation of this section include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1)   Operating or using any musical instrument, radio, television, phonograph, tape player, loudspeaker, amplifier or other similar machine or device, between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of the following day, in such a manner as to be audible at any point beyond the property line of the premises from which such noise is emanating or, if the noise is emanating from a vehicle, at a distance of fifty feet from such vehicle;

(2)   Operating, using or permitting the operation or use of a steam engine or combustion engine, including, but not limited to, motor vehicles, motor boats and tractors, between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet, repose or comfort of neighboring inhabitants; and

(3)   Operating, using or permitting the operation or use of any other machinery, equipment, pump, fan or similar mechanical device, not covered by paragraph (b)(2) hereof, whether for industrial, business or household purposes, between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of the following day, in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet, repose or comfort of neighboring inhabitants.

(c)   Exceptions. This section does not apply to noise emanating from an agricultural operation, as defined in the Right to Farm Act, Chapter 4.5 of Title 3.1 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, or to an emergency vehicle which causes noise in the performance of emergency work.

(d)   Abatement of Nuisance.  In addition to the penalty provided in Section 654.99, the playing, use, operation or maintenance of any device, instrument, vehicle, machinery or equipment in violation of any of the provisions of this section, thereby resulting in the production of noise which causes discomfort or substantial annoyance to persons of normal sensitivity or which endangers the comfort, repose, health or peace of residents in the vicinity of the source of such noise, shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and may be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(Ord. 82-01. Passed 1-19-82.)

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