Noise Ordinance

One of the most common complaints from citizens to the police department centers on loud noises. Residents are reminded that the City of Irving has adopted a Noise Ordinance to prohibit loud noises. Excerpts from the ordinance are included below and are to serve as a reminder to residents.

•The use or operation of a radio, television, boom box, stereo, musical instrument, or similar device that produces or reproduces sound in a manner that is plainly audible to any person other than the player(s) or operator(s) of the device, and those who are voluntarily listening to the sound, and unreasonably disturbs the peace, quiet, and comfort of neighbors in residential areas, including multi-family or single-family dwellings;

•The unreasonable making of, or knowingly and unreasonably permitting to be made, any unreasonably loud, disturbing, and unnecessary noise, disturbance, commotion, or vibration in any boarding facility, dwelling, place of business, or other structure, or upon any public street, park, or other place or building unless the noise is the ordinary and usual sounds, noises, commotion, or vibration incidental to the operation of these places when conducted in accordance with the usual standards of practice and in a manner which will not unreasonably disturb the peace and comfort of adjacent residents or which will not detrimentally affect the operators of adjacent places of business;

•Prima facie evidence of unreasonable noise: In residential areas between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the generation of sound from any identifiable source that exceeds 50 dB(A) at the property line of an offended person shall constitute prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter. In residential areas between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., the generation of sound from any identifiable source that exceeds 60 dB(A) at the property line of an offended person shall constitute prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter.