- Noise, or unwanted sound, is the number one public complaint in New York City. Between March 2003 and March 2013, 311 received more than 2.5 million noise complaints.
- Common noise sources include: construction, traffic, bars, restaurants and car and home sound systems.
- Noise in the community can reduce quality of life and can cause hearing problems.
How can I reduce my family's exposure to noise?
- Talk to neighbors or businesses about reducing noise levels. If it doesn’t stop, call 311.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of noise and limit their exposure to noisy places.
- Wear earplugs or earmuffs in noisy places, like concerts or when you’re using power tools or mowing the lawn.
How can building owners reduce noise?
- Buy quieter air conditioners and appliances and keep in good repair.
- Use window curtains and floor rugs.
- Install sound reducing windows, like double pane windows.
- Caulk and seal air leaks to reduce the noise coming in from the outside.
What if I need to make a noise complaint?
Talk to the person making the noise to see if you can resolve the problem. If that doesn’t work, call 311.