Seattle’s Noise Ordinance contains rules to minimize Seattle resident's exposure to excessive noise. Under the ordinance, we screen commercial projects during plan or permit review for potential permanent mechanical and recurrent noise issues associated with using and maintaining your facility. We require mitigation measures for major noise generators for such projects.
Some construction projects may also have land use permit or State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) noise restrictions. If you have a concern about construction noise, noise from mechanical equipment, or a commercial facility in the Seattle city limits, you may file a complaint with us or discuss it with one of our noise control specialists.
Construction and Maintenance Hours
In general, you can do construction work:
If your construction and maintenance activities are within multifamily and neighborhood commercial zones (Lowrise, Midrise, Highrise, Residential Commercial and Neighborhood Commercial) you can work:
Your impact construction work (pile driving, jackhammers, etc.) is limited to:
*Legal holidays are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
We do not enforce the Seattle Municipal Code sections that cover loud noises from horns or sirens, motor vehicles, musical instruments, human voices, car stereos, watercraft, or official special events. Contact the Seattle Police Department, (206) 625-5011, for these types of noise problems.
For barking dogs and other animal noise, call the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-7387.