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Noise Ordinance Information

Because noise at certain levels can be harmful to the health and welfare of citizens, Prince William County prohibits excessive and annoying noise. The County’s Noise Ordinance (Chapter 14) regulates specific times that certain noise sources can be operated, and defines noise limits.

The County’s noise ordinance states that no deliveries may be made (that is operating, loading or unloading any vehicle including, but not limited to, trucks, or the opening and destruction of bales boxes crates and containers) in the outdoors in zones other than industrial -- within one hundred (100) yards of a lawfully occupied dwelling -- between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Events or actions may be prohibited if they cause a noise disturbance, including continuously barking dogs, noisy construction equipment, horns and signaling devices not being used for danger warnings, radios and TV sets, and engine repair and testing. Complete copies of the noise ordinance, and what it covers, are also available from your local library.

If you suspect the County’s noise ordinance is being violated, call the Police Department at 703-792-6500. Violation of this ordinance is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1000 fine, or both.


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