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Noise Ordinance
Noise Ordinance
Section 10-20.1 of the Town's Code, often referred to as the "Noise Ordinance", provides regulations in order to reduce the impact of "excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noises" that are "unusual and unnatural in their time and place" on residential areas.  Below are highlights from the Noise Ordinance; however, you can review Section 10-20.1 in its entirety online. 

Noise Ordinance Highlights
  • Prohibits the loading or unloading of commercial vehicles within 300 feet of any residence between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday, or between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day;
  • Prohibits the repair, collection from, or servicing of any trash or garbage compaction, processing or disposal equipment located on the exterior of any building between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., within 300 feet of any residence, or between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday and the holidays listed above;
  • Prohibits the operation between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., or between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and the holidays listed above, of any pile driver, hammer, chain saw, steam, diesel, or gasoline powered shovel, derrick or hoist, lawnmowers, lawn maintenance equipment, or other equipment, the use of which is attended by loud and unusual noise, except during any emergency caused necessity to protect the public health and safety as determined by the director of public works, chief of police, Town Manager or his/her designee, Fairfax County Building Inspector, or Fairfax County Fire Marshal or his/her designee. The time limitations for Saturday, Sunday and the holidays listed above shall not apply to usual and customary maintenance activities associated with recreational uses as defined in Town Code section 18-4. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no contractor or person performing the activities listed above for remuneration, except when it relates to a recreational use, shall be permitted to engage in such activity on Sunday;
  • Prohibits the erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration, or repair, and any and all activity necessary or incidental thereto, of any building between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, or between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and the holidays listed above; and except during any emergency caused necessity to protect the public health and safety as determined by the director of public works, chief of police, Town Manager or his/her designee, Fairfax County Building Inspector, or Fairfax County Fire Marshal or his/her designee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no contractor or person performing the activities listed above for remuneration shall be permitted to engage in such activity on Sunday;
  • Prohibits home construction contractor work on Sundays.

Enforcement
This section of the code is enforced by the Vienna Police Department.  If you suspect a violation please call the Vienna Police Department immediately at (703) 255-6366.  If you have other general questions about the Noise Ordinance, please call (703)255-6396 or email Gary Lose.