Newport Beach Municipal Code
10.28.045 Real Property Maintenance

Noise Regulations
Contact Code Enforcement @ 949.644.3215 if you observe any violations of the following:


A. Weekdays and Saturdays.
No person shall, while engaged in maintenance of real property, operate any tool, equipment or machine in a
manner which produces loud noise that disturbs, or could disturb, a person of normal sensitivity who works or
resides in the vicinity, except
Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., nor on
any
Saturday, except between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

B. Sundays and Holidays.
No person shall
, while engaged in maintenance of real property, operate any tool, equipment or machine in a
manner which produces loud noise
that disturbs, or could disturb, a person of normal sensitivity who works or
resides in the vicinity,
on any Sunday or any federal holiday.

C. No landowner, gardener, property maintenance service, contractor, subcontractor or employer shall permit or
allow any person or persons working under their direction and control to operate any tool, equipment or machine in
violation of the provisions of this section.

D. After January 1, 1996, mechanical blowers, as defined in Section 6.04.055, shall not be operated at a noise level
that exceeds an A-weighted sound pressure level of seventy (70) dBA, as measured at a distance of fifty (50) feet.
After January 1, 1999, such equipment shall not be operated at a noise level that exceeds an A-weighted sound
pressure level of sixty-five (65) dBA, as measured from a distance of fifty (50) feet.





The following is Council Member Nancy Gardner's response to an email from one of CdMRA's members
on this topic.  It is reprinted here with her permission.

    I have been working on this (unsuccessfully).  We have standards for them,
    but I haven't figured out a way to enforce the standards economically.  As a
    cautionary tale, Claremont passed a law outlawing gasoline-powered leaf
    blowers.  The gardeners went to electric, but a great many clients didn't want
    them using their electricity, so the gardeners bought cheap generators and
    made more noise and air pollution.   

    I'm not giving up.  I have suggested EQAC take it up and will continue to
    explore possibilities.
               
                  Council Woman Nancy Gardner, October 2008    
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