Everett To Update Noise Control Ordinance

July 26, 2016

Everett, Everett Government


After 38 years, time to update Everett’s noise ordinance.

It was back in 1978 when the City of Everett created a noise control ordinance. 38 years later the city council will get a look at updated rules, regulations and definitions. Updates include the process to get a variance, clarify the role of the noise control administrator, code enforcement and the authority of police officers regarding noise control. The city hopes to make noise issues easier to understand for all involved.

The City of Everett policy on noise control is proposed to read: It is hereby declared to be the policy of the city to minimize the exposure of citizens to the harmful physiological and psychological effects of excessive noise. It is the express intent of the council to control the level of noise and to promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare while affording protection to free speech activity as required by applicable constitutional law. It is the express intent of the council to control the level of noise in a manner which promotes commerce; the use, value and enjoyment of property; sleep and repose; the quality of the environment, and which enables all residents of the city to peacefully coexist in a manner which is mutually respectful of the interests and rights of others.

Click here to see all of the proposed sound levels, measurement requirements, enforcement policies, etc.

The Everett City Council will get their first briefing on the proposed updates at their meeting at 12:30 PM Wednesday with a public hearing and vote set for August 10th.

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