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Alright, so last night my band and I were planning on jamming through the night, but apparently some of the neighbors weren't having that at all so they called in a noise complaint. And so a cop showed up and told us to stop basically, which I would see as being more than reasonable if we were within city limits BUT we're quite literally out in the middle of cow pastures and fields, so the neighbors aren't even remotely close [but as a side note, he did say we sounded good]. My question is basically if you are outside of city limits in most towns is there typically some sort of mandate stating that you can't be overly loud? also, to find specific laws and noise codes for my area does anybody have any idea where to look that up?

tl;dr LOUD NOISES, lame far-away neighbors calling in a noise complaint, whats the policy outside of city limits?
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Exactly how far away are your lame neighbours?
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Just guessing, I think their complaint was probably legitimate considering I don't think a police officer would want to go out to the middle of nowhere if he didn't have to. But I really don't have any idea
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If the neighbors aren't remotely close and they can still hear your shitty band practicing you're playing too loud.

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Exactly how far away are your lame neighbours?

I'm a terrible judge of distance, but I'd say the absolute closest is like 1/4 mile?
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#9
Counties can have noise ordinances too. It's not just a city thing.
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well getting told by the police you're playing too loud is pretty metal! or rock 'n roll, or whatever genre you play, i havent listened to your music yet.
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I'm sure it would be helpful to know where exactly you are on earth as I'm 100% sure these things change depending on state, country and so on.
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Alright, so last night my band and I were planning on jamming through the night, but apparently some of the neighbors weren't having that at all so they called in a noise complaint. And so a cop showed up and told us to stop basically, which I would see as being more than reasonable if we were within city limits BUT we're quite literally out in the middle of cow pastures and fields, so the neighbors aren't even remotely close [but as a side note, he did say we sounded good]. My question is basically if you are outside of city limits in most towns is there typically some sort of mandate stating that you can't be overly loud? also, to find specific laws and noise codes for my area does anybody have any idea where to look that up?

tl;dr LOUD NOISES, lame far-away neighbors calling in a noise complaint, whats the policy outside of city limits?


you could have always just turned it down. You don't need to be turned up to eleven just for jamming. Bad for your ears too man.
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Quote by RU Experienced?
If the neighbors aren't remotely close and they can still hear your shitty band practicing you're playing too loud.


Really?


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well getting told by the police you're playing too loud is pretty metal! or rock 'n roll, or whatever genre you play, i havent listened to your music yet.


Meh not so metal, more alternative chill meets reggae jazz?
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#14
Some people have to sleep and some people don't like noise.
You have to meet half way and realise that.
It's completely in their right to call to stop loud noises. You wouldn't relly want to be woken up throughout the night to chavs in their Saxos booming out drum and bass outside your house.

I know I didn't.

You should just turn it down to listenable levels.
And save your ears.
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play full volume outside your neigbours door, then theyll realise its not so bad when you are a quarter of a mile away
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Some people have to sleep and some people don't like noise.
You have to meet half way and realise that.
It's completely in their right to call to stop loud noises. You wouldn't relly want to be woken up throughout the night to chavs in their Saxos booming out drum and bass outside your house.

I know I didn't.

You should just turn it down to listenable levels.
And save your ears.


Oh no I totally agree. I'm mostly just curious as to what the policies typically are, this was in no way meant to find a loophole just so we can seriously piss off the neighbors. and honestly, we weren't that loud.
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Meh not so metal, more alternative chill meets reggae jazz?


that sounds awesome, no need for anyone to complain about that
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Oh no I totally agree. I'm mostly just curious as to what the policies typically are, this was in no way meant to find a loophole just so we can seriously piss off the neighbors. and honestly, we weren't that loud.


Alot of people live out in those kinds of areas to get away from the noise of the city and are pretty sensitive. They hear it a little and it drives them nuts. My guess is that since the police showed up, its legitimate. The police would have told them there was nothing they could do about it over the phone had it not been.
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Oh no I totally agree. I'm mostly just curious as to what the policies typically are, this was in no way meant to find a loophole just so we can seriously piss off the neighbors. and honestly, we weren't that loud.


You quite obviously were that loud though, the only thing here is that your definition of "that loud" is different from theirs.
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Even in the country, sound can carry on a still night. Turn it down a bit and you should be fine next time.
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Alot of people live out in those kinds of areas to get away from the noise of the city and are pretty sensitive. They hear it a little and it drives them nuts. My guess is that since the police showed up, its legitimate. The police would have told them there was nothing they could do about it over the phone had it not been.

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#22
Usually you can be as loud as you want, within reason, until 10pm. People have to sleep, and given your neighbors may have little kids, 10 is plenty late.
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Usually you can be as loud as you want, within reason, until 10pm. People have to sleep, and given your neighbors may have little kids, 10 is plenty late.


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If the neighbors aren't remotely close and they can still hear your shitty band practicing you're playing too loud.

Yep.

It's not so much a distance issue from city limits as it is a time of day issue. Most noise ordinance laws are in effect outside of the hours of 9AM through 10PM. If you're loud outside of those hours, you're technically violating the laws, and can be complained on.
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#25
They could've just came over and asked you to be quiet...I don't think it was necessary to waste police resources.
Also...don't play so loud lol
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That was pretty dick of them if they didn't come round themselves to tell you to be quiet first.
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I've been told to shut up by neighbours at like 3pm. "It's a nice day and my and my family would like to sit outside and have a relaxing time".

I told them we'd quieten down but we won't stop because we needed to practice for a gig. The guy was understanding, so we cut the volume by about half and everything was fine.
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in england after 11 oclock you can be asked to be quieter but you have no legal obligation to do so as long as you are under 100db. though to keep good relations with your neighbours its usually a good idea.

this happened me and some mates camping for a BUCS competition one weekend. hint dont come up and threaten legal action to a group of law and town planning students you will walk away feeling mentally raped
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in england after 11 oclock you can be asked to be quieter but you have no legal obligation to do so as long as you are under 100db. though to keep good relations with your neighbours its usually a good idea.

this happened me and some mates camping for a BUCS competition one weekend. hint dont come up and threaten legal action to a group of law and town planning students you will walk away feeling mentally raped


100dB? **** me that's nearly as loud as a music concert...
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100dB? **** me that's nearly as loud as a music concert...


that is what the laws there for it only applies to private residences. if your out in your car or something in a public area you can be done for disturbing the peace etc
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My recommendation, if you are disturbingly loud from 250 yards away, try jamming indoors...
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that is what the laws there for it only applies to private residences. if your out in your car or something in a public area you can be done for disturbing the peace etc


This is louder than a jackhammer though... If you're playing that loudly you deserve to get shut down.

Hell you shouldn't be playing more than like, 60dB.
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This is louder than a jackhammer though... If you're playing that loudly you deserve to get shut down.

Hell you shouldn't be playing more than like, 60dB.]


Really? That's only about conversation volume? I can play an unplugged electric louder than than that. You need to be practising a good deal louder than that. Add four other instruments with that, you can easily go over 100 dB total.
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If your neighborhood has noise covanents, you could be fined if there is another violation.

If you dont, excessive noise might be disturbing the peace...check your local laws and regulations..
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Where to look up ordinances, we don't know where you live. So one way would be to google "noise ordinance [name of county]"

Second, in my area when a complaint is called, they just tell you to turn it down. If they have to tell you again it's $100 per infraction.

There was a jerk-off neighbor that constantly play music way too loud. I tried to be nice and ask him to turn it down, he did for about 30min. So I called in a complaint. So did 8 other houses in the neighborhood. Oddly, it took this genius getting fine $400 before he finally got the hint.

Noise complaints were called in like 5 nights in a row. After the first night he was fined every time. I heard him whining about it to some guy...
#36
1/4 mile isn't really that far. If you were playing fairly loudly I could understand them being able to hear it. More so if you're living somewhere that doesn't have much else going on. The noise will be more noticeable when there isn't much background noise.


As far as the policy goes, I'm sure it applies everywhere. You're just less likely to have someone notice if you don't have neighbors.
#37
I had the same problem with my neighbours. They would insist on playing music REALLY LOUDLY all the time, so we called the police, after warning them on numerous times. Your neighbours should really have warned you first, but they probably got sick of it.

Its just not funny, the opposite way round, so I'd say just turn down the volume (or even play acoustic, with quiet bass and hand percussion, if thats possible) and keep yourself out of trouble. Maybe an apology to the neighbours would be a good move too.
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Really? That's only about conversation volume? I can play an unplugged electric louder than than that. You need to be practising a good deal louder than that. Add four other instruments with that, you can easily go over 100 dB total.


100dB is around the level of a gas powered lawn mower. Since a Boeing 747 is around 140 dB, you can see that 40dB is a big difference (lawn mower to jet plane, or in your case, ordinary conversation levels to a lawn mower). Anything over, I think 80dB, for prolonged periods of time can damage your hearing permanently. If your out in the middle of nowhere there really isn't much around to hinder the sound from traveling so it will still be fairly loud by the time it reaches your neighbors.

tl:dr Just turn it down, tinnitus sucks anyways. I miss the sound of silence.

EDIT: If you do find your area's noise laws you have every right to buy a dB meter and play at (I would opt for slightly under) the legal level.
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People have the right not to be disturbed in their own home.
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Be quieter?
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