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Laws & Rules

Noise Pollution

Each of us has the ability to reduce noise in our community by being aware of the noise we make. Many noise problems can be prevented by being considerate of others and talking through problems when they occur.

Any loud noise that occurs between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. could be considered noise pollution unless your local ordinance sets different standards. The zoning of your location also determines if a noise is considered “pollution”. For example, industrial zones can have louder noises than residential zones. Your local government has authority to regulate noise from most land uses and vehicles. Local governments may enforce model regulations that have been adopted by the Department of Ecology (Ecology), or adopt other noise regulations. Some noise sources – such as airports, trains and military bases – have special procedures related to noise problems. Ecology does not have authority to enforce noise rules or local noise ordinances.

To learn more about how to manage a noise pollution problem read our Frequently Asked Questions for Citizens and Frequently Asked Questions for Local Government.  If you have a noise complaint or questions about noise enforcement, contact your local government.

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