NYC mayor signs legislation to limit construction noise

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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation to limit overnight and weekend construction noise.

Intro. 1653-B allows inspectors to take noise readings from the roadway or sidewalk, rather than requiring that the reading be taken from inside of a complainant’s apartment, empowers inspectors to shut down equipment that is too loud, and calls for new rules for responding when the noise is most likely to happen again. In addition, construction companies will be required to electronically file noise mitigation plans, which will make it easier for inspectors and the public to review online.

“Noise pollution has gotten out of control when your alarm clock has been replaced by a jackhammer,” de Blasio said in a statement. “But the incessant din of construction doesn’t have to be the reality of living in a big city. We can do something about it.”

“This legislation is giving city inspectors the tools they need to damp down the racket, protecting New Yorkers’ health and offering some peace and quiet in the city that never sleeps.”

“Working with the city council, this legislation will empower our noise inspectors with new tools to more effectively enforce the city’s noise code,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “By lowering the allowable after hours noise limit in residential areas, allowing inspectors to take noise readings from the street, rather than from inside an apartment, and empowering inspectors with the ability to issue a stop work order for noisy equipment, this legislation should help bring some much needed relief to New Yorkers.”