WHAT IS LOCAL LAW 113?

​Local Law 113 (the New York City Noise Code) was signed in 2005 by Mayor Bloomberg in order to reduce construction noise during nights and weekends, and set decibel (dB) level thresholds. 
The new noise mitigation requirements were signed by Mayor de Blasio on January 18, 2018, and Intro.1653-B passed into Law. This is in response to the large increase in complaints over the last few years. The majority of complaints dealt with after-hours construction noise.

WHEN?

The new Law is effective July 17, 2018 
Department of Environmental Protection must proclaim new rules leading inspection timeframes.  

WHAT WILL INSPECTORS BE ABLE TO DO?

  • According to Intro 1653-B, inspectors will be allowed to take noise reading from the roadway and sidewalks, instead of from inside a complainant's apartment.

  • Inspectors can shut down loud equipment

WHAT CHANGES WILL BE ENFORCED?

  • Construction companies will be required to electronically file noise mitigation plans. 

  • Construction equipment can be used between 7 am and 6 pm weekdays.

  • Exclusion: 
    A special authorization, also known as an after-hour variance, may be granted by the Department of Environmental Protection in order to work after-hours. This authorization may include additional requirements in order to mitigate after-hour noise.
    You can read more about present noise code requirements here:

WHAT WILL THE NEW SOUND LEVEL STANDARTS BE?

  • 7dB(A) – inside residential property dwelling units, effective January 2020. This noise level is active for sites more than 200 feet from an affected residential property. 7dB(A) is equivalent to a pin drop 

  • ​75dB(A) when measured outside the property line or on public-right-of-way 50 feet or greater from the source when the source is within 200 feet of the affected residential property beginning January 2020 (currently 80dB(A). 75dB(A) is equivalent to a shower sound or a toilet splash.

  • 85dB(A) for street construction noise when measured outside the property line or on public-right-of-way 50 feet or greater from the source. 85dB(A) is equivalent to a passing diesel truck. 

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE?

  • 7dB(A) – inside residential property dwelling units, effective January 2020. This noise level is active for sites more than 200 feet from an affected residential property. 7dB(A) is equivalent to a pin drop 

  • ​75dB(A) when measured outside the property line or on public-right-of-way 50 feet or greater from the source when the source is within 200 feet of the affected residential property beginning January 2020 (currently 80dB(A). 75dB(A) is equivalent to a shower sound or a toilet splash.

  • 85dB(A) for street construction noise when measured outside the property line or on public-right-of-way 50 feet or greater from the source. 85dB(A) is equivalent to a passing diesel truck. 

​Construction sites produce a lot of noise, mainly from vehicles, heavy equipment and machinery, and from people shouting. Excessive noise is not only annoying and distracting, but can lead to hearing loss, high blood pressure, and extreme stress.
Proper education can help to lessen their impact and protect your health. Enroll in an OSHA class to learn more about worker safety and personal protection equipment.

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