Columbus City Noise Ordinance

Modified: July 23, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Noise Ordinance

The City of Columbus Code sets forth a sound ordinance for two specific time periods for property zoned Residential. Sound should not be heard from more than 50 feet from a property above defined levels for the time frame in the code. The code does allow for variance and permits which have specific guidelines for noise. Please see the Columbus City Code Community Noise ordinance for current information.

Summary: In a Residential Zoned area, amplified sounds should not be heard 50 feet past property line above 60db from 10pm to 7am. Amplified sounds should not be heard 50 feet past property line above 65db from 7am to 10pm. Sounds from proper construction to meet Building Code for a property is exempt from 7am to 10pm. Sounds should not be “offensive or disturbing to a person of ordinary sensibilities”. Violation is a minor misdemeanor, unless subsequent violation within 12 hours then becomes misdemeanor of fourth degree. Penalty is a fine up to $150.

Guidelines: If you believe the noise generated from a property does not meet “Reasonable Sensibilities”, call 614-645-4545 to file a Noise complaint. However, many of our residents in the SoHud and Old North Columbus neighborhood are receptive to polite one on one discussion about noises they create. To be “Good Neighbors”, all residents should consider their neighbors wishes to live in a reasonable manner without excessive noises. To be a good neighbor, house parties and bands in the area should minimize noise pollution after 10pm every night. Please be considerate of your voice levels when walking down the street , as many residents have children asleep before 10pm and many others have day time jobs and would like to get a proper 8 hours of sleep during the night. This is a community that has fostered numerous bands, and we would like to see the tradition continue. Please be mindful of your neighbors and refrain from expletives and excessive sound levels. Most of us like to hear your practice sessions, as long as it is within “Reasonable Sensibilities”. Complaints may also be submitted to the Columbus 311 online web portal. Go to and click the “Submit a new service request” link. On the following page, type in the search box the term “noise” and hit enter then proceed from there.