Noise Complaints

Be considerate of your neighbors, especially at night!

If you have a complaint about a neighbor’s noise, try being neighborly and talking to him/her before calling the police. A violation of DC’s noise regulations can result in a hefty fine.


DC Regulations: Noise Control: Title 20, Chapter 27

DC Regulations: Maximum Noise Levels: Title 20, Chapter 28

Noise Handbook (2011)

New D.C. Noise Law Stiffens Penalties for Infractions (, Feb. 1, 2011)


Construction Noise

Report to DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Note:  Construction is allowed Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm without any special permits. Contractors must apply for an after-hours permit to work beyond these legal hours.

Bars, Clubs and Restaurants

Complaints about noise at establishments licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration should be directed to ABRA.

Other Noise Violations

Report to DC Police.