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Municipal governments have the power to restrict the operation and use of many noise sources within their areas of jurisdiction. The success of programs to regulate community noise depends upon a number of factors: (a) identification of major noise sources; (b) training of personnel; (c) funding available for implementation and continued enforcement; (d) success in overcoming legal challenges; and (e) education of and support from the public.
This paper summarizes the types of noise legislation available to communities and describes their primary features. Design of effective and enforceable noise regulations for smaller communities with limited resources is emphasized. Methods for avoiding community noise problems, including prediction of noise levels, land-use planning, and zoning ordinances, are discussed briefly.
noise ordinance, community noise, noise regulations
Manager, Mechanical Engineering Analysis, Motorola, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.