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Noise Abatement

Construction Noise Permit: A construction noise permit is required for construction activity between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Because excessive noise can be harmful to the health and welfare of citizens, the City of San Diego prohibits excessive and annoying noise within City limits. The City's Noise Ordinance (San Diego Municipal Code, Section 59.5.01) defines noise and regulates it by type, land-use zone, and time of day.

Events or actions may be prohibited if they cause a noise disturbance.

Noise Disturbance Examples

Animal Noise

Continuously barking dogs and excessively noisy birds or small animals. For more information, review Animal Noise Frequently Asked Questions.

Barking Dog Noise

Code Enforcement can only take further action when the City receives signed statements from the required number of complainants. You can download a copy of the statement here (PDF).

Construction Noise

Noisy construction equipment and signaling devices not being used for a danger warning. For more information regarding construction noise, please refer to San Diego Municipal Code Section 59.5.0404 (PDF).

Equipment and Machinery Noise

Maintenance equipment, stationary delivery trucks on private property, industrial/commercial mechanical units, air-conditioning units and other miscellaneous equipment must be operated within the applicable sound level limits.

  • In some cases, the manufacturer must be contacted to provide information on how to minimize the equipment noise.