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.
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.
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.
Additionally, if you have a noise complaint related to a hospitality industry establishment or are an establishment that is experiencing consistent complaints from residents, the Mediating Establishment and Neighborhood Disputes (MEND) NYC initiative aims to resolve disputes over noise and other quality of life issues using professional mediation services. Learn more about MEND NYC.
Construction Noise Rules & Regulations
Learn more about Construction Noise Rules & Regulations.
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.