Noise Ordinance Update
Tyrone Citizens and Business Owners,
The Town Council approved a comprehensive update to the Town’s noise ordinance on December 5, 2019. A copy of the new ordinance is available for download at the bottom of this page.
The prior ordinance had been in place – unchanged – since 1984 and failed many times over the past several years to allow us to adequately address this important quality of life issue within the Town. Consequently, we researched new options and ultimately decided to adopt a new ordinance that very closely resembles Fayette County’s, which is very comprehensive and addresses most of the issues we will face pertaining to noise.
A huge part of this new ordinance is that it sets noise limits by decibels with the allowable decibel limit depending on the the “District of Noise Source” and “District of Receiving Property”. For example, if a receiving property is in a residential zoning area and the source of the noise is also in a residential area, the decibel limit is 55 – about the equivalent of an air conditioner. At night, this goes down to 50 decibels.
One major area that the previous ordinance failed to address was noise coming from businesses. The new document includes commercial and industrial areas, which many of our residents will appreciate based on past complaints.
It should be noted that noise generated from fireworks is included in this ordinance EXCEPT for those holidays that are expressly mentioned in State law. Those days and times are as follows:
- Until 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day, July 3rd and 4th, Labor Day, and December 31st; and
- Until 1 a.m. on January 1st.
Using fireworks at any other time could result in a citation.
A decibel meter had to be ordered for use in enforcing this ordinance and our staff must be trained on it. That device is due for delivery on January 23rd and enforcement will begin on February 1 at 12 a.m.
Download and review the new ordinance below: