Noise Code

The New York City Noise Code balances the important reputation of New York as a vibrant, world-class city that never sleeps, with the needs of those who live in, work in, and visit the city.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Police Department (NYPD) share the duties of enforcing the Noise Code. To report a noise complaint, call 311 or file a complaint online, and they will direct your grievance to the appropriate agency.

Residential Noise

The Residential Noise Control Guidance Sheet provides information for New York City residents seeking relief from city noise. If you are a homeowner or tenant, use this guide to learn about noise control options, methods, products and services.

Download the Residential Noise Control Guidance Sheet

Noise Standards for Commercial Music


Commercial music is defined as any music coming from a commercial establishment like restaurants, hotels, or nightlife establishments. It includes live performances or recorded audio content. This guidance document assists establishments that play music with information on a range of acoustical products, vendors, and professional services available to help control sound and vibration in their establishments and buildings. When applied properly, these acoustical tools may be helpful in reducing sound and vibration, and in achieving compliance with the New York City Noise Code, rules and regulations.

Construction Noise Rules & Regulations

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Buy Quiet Program

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. To create a more healthful workplace, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends preventing hazardous noise through controls for noise exposure and encourages business owners to create Buy Quiet programs as a first step.

Noise Control for Building Exterior & Interior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment

These sheets provides guidance and example resources for noise control of building exterior and interior heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. HVAC equipment involves rotating machinery and air moving devices which generate noise to nearby noise sensitive locations or through a building’s interior. This is particularly true if the HVAC equipment is centrally located inside a building or on its roof as opposed to being in its basement.

Requirements and Standards to be a Noise Consultant

The requirements and standards to be a noise consulant are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York as well as section 24-231 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.