What are the codes regarding noise control, and what can be done after hours?

It is unlawful for any person to create or allow the creation of any noise which causes the noise level to exceed the noise standard for a period not less than 30 minutes when measured at the property boundary or beyond. The noise cannot exceed the noise standard plus 15 decibels (dB) in any one-minute average or the noise standard plus 20 dB at any time during measurement. The noise standards for the particular land use districts in the Town are as follows: 

  • Residential: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. 52dB, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 62dB 
  • Office, Retail: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. 62dB 
  • Commercial: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 67dB 
  • Industrial: Anytime 70dB

Prohibited Noise, which is defined as any unreasonably loud or disturbing noise which is offensive to an adult person within the Town and renders the enjoyment of life or property uncomfortable or interferes with public peace and comfort, is also not allowed in the Town. The Environmental Health Services Division may be contacted to address noise concerns, or the Police Department may be contacted after hours to address prohibited noise violations. To report noise violations, please call the Environmental Services Division at 972.874.6340 or the Police Department at 972.539.0525 after normal work hours.

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4. What do I do if I have a common fence and the neighbors do not want to pay their portion to repair/replace it?
5. How do I locate my property lines?
6. What can I do if branches or shrubs from a neighbor’s yard are overhanging my yard?
7. What are the size restrictions for parking a boat, trailer, or recreational vehicle in a driveway?
8. What is the difference between HOA regulations and Town regulations, and which regulations control?
9. What are the restrictions for placing a “For Sale” sign on a vehicle and parking it?
10. Do I need a permit for a home occupation?
11. What are the codes for High Weeds & Grass?
12. What are the codes regarding noise control, and what can be done after hours?
13. Whom do I call regarding my neighbors over-watering their yard?
14. What are the codes regarding junk vehicles?
15. My neighbor has a vehicle that has been stored on his driveway for several months. Is this a violation?
16. How do I dispose of extra brush/bulk pickup other than on my regularly scheduled pick-up days?
17. My neighbor leaves his/her lights on all night. Is this a violation of the Town’s lighting ordinance?