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Chicago Noise Ordinance

  • Quiet time is generally designated between 10 PM and 8 AM in any area within 600 feet of a residential district.

  • Activities involving loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building materials, garbage cans, dumpsters or similar objects must not be done in a manner as to cause a noise disturbance between 10 PM and 7 AM.

  • Motorized equipment (e.g. at construction sites) are not allowed to operate between 8 PM and 8 AM.

  • Note that City of Chicago work (e.g. water & sewer mains, road construction etc.) and emergency private utility work are exempt from the City’s noise ordinance.

  • If you feel a particular situation requires emergency attention, you can call 9-1-1.

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