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What's All the Noise About?

The State of New Jersey DEP is authorized by the Noise Control Act of 1971 to promulgate codes, rules and regulations relating to the control and abatement of noise. The Department has developed a Model Noise Ordinance that can be adopted by local municipalities. The Noise Control Act allows municipalities to adopt noise control ordinances that are more stringent than the State code.

All municipal noise ordinances must be nearly identical with some exceptions, such as curfews, to the posted Model Local Noise Control Ordinance (Model) to be considered approved by the Department. The Model was last updated in 2016. While the Department highly recommends that municipalities adopt the most up-to-date version, any prior-approved noise ordinance will be considered valid.

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Noise Complaints and Information
Find out who to call to complain about specific types of noises that are bothering you or your community.

Guidelines for the Investigation of Noise Complaints
Official Copy of the amended State Noise Control Regulations N.J.A.C. 7:29, effective June 7,2012
Model Local Noise Control Ordinance
Noise Ordinance vs. Nuisance Code - What's the Difference?
Noise Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1G-1 et seq.
NJ Noise Control Council
DEP Bureau of Local Environmental Management
County Health Departments
Master List of Submitted Municipal Noise Ordinances
Any noise ordinance approved prior to 1997 should be resubmitted for review and validation.
Off-Road Vehicle Model Noise Ordinance
Emergency Generator Consumer Fact Sheet


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