PG County Noise Control Policy

If you have a noise compliant, you should call the Police Department using 911 if it is an emergency or the non-emergency number (301.352.1200) if it is not an emergency. You can also call 311 if it is a non-police matter i.e., mattresses dumped or another Quality of Life issue.

Whatever number you call, they ask that the caller carefully and specifically describe the noise problem; giving what kind of noise, where, when, size of noise problem, urgency, how long has it been a problem etc.

P.G. District 1 Police Force also indicated that the caller could call the Police Dispatcher at 911 to find out if the call had been responded to.

DIVISION 2.
NOISE CONTROL.

Sec. 19-120.  Declaration of Policy.

The County Council for Prince
George’s County, Maryland, hereby declares it to be the public policy of the
County that every resident of the County is entitled to noise levels that are
not detrimental to health, safety, or welfare and the use, enjoyment and
protection of property; and the general intent of this Division is to control
noise levels throughout the County so as to promote public health, safety,
welfare, the peace and quiet of the inhabitants of the County.

(CB-21-2011)

Sec. 19-121.  Definitions.

(a)    For the purposes
of this Division, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings
respectively ascribed to them in this Section:

(1)      Noise shall mean noise related to
human activity including noise produced vocally, with a radio receiving set,
musical instrument, phonograph or any other device or by a machine, tool or
other equipment which produces, reproduces or amplifies any sound or noise
which is continuous in nature and audible more than fifty (50) feet from the
source of the sound or noise in the public right of way or an adjacent
building.

(2)      Department shall mean the Department
of Environmental Resources or another authorized designee agency or department.

(3)      Landlord shall mean the person who
manages, leases, holds, or otherwise controls the property of an owner.

(4)      Director shall mean the Director of
the Department of Environmental Resources for Prince George’s County, Maryland,
or their authorized designee.

(5)      Owner shall mean the person listed on
the tax records of the county as the property owner.

(6)      Police Chief or officer shall mean
the Chief of the Prince George’s County Police Department, a sworn member of
the Prince George’s County Police Department, or their authorized designee.

(7)      Residential area is an area located
within a residential zone listed in Section 27-109(a)(1) of this Code,
including residential areas abutting mixed-use, commercial and industrial areas
as defined in Subtitle 27.

(8)      Recreational or Entertainment
Establishment is an establishment as defined in Section 27-107.1(a)(192) of
this Code.

(CB-21-2011)

Sec. 19-122.  Prohibition.

A person may not create noise or
allow noise to be created that disturbs the peace, quiet, and comfort of a
residential area and includes residences in all areas,

(CB-21-2011)

Sec. 19-123.  Exceptions.

The following noise generating
activities shall be exempt from enforcement under this Division:

(a)      any sound resulting from the
emergency operation of a public service company as defined in Section 1-101(x),
Public Utilities Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland;

(b)     any sound resulting from the
operations of an instrumentality of the Federal, State, or County government,
the Board of Education, a bicounty agency, or of a municipality;

(c)      a sound resulting from the operation
of an aircraft.

(d)     on private property for which a
valid use and occupancy permit has been issued for purposes of sporting,
recreational, entertainment establishment, or for any other event to which the
public is invited; or

(e)     an event or activity with a
validly issued permit, license or other written authority which takes place on
property owned by the United States, the State, the County, the Board of
Education, a bicounty agency, or a municipality.

(f)      farm equipment being used on more
than five (5) acres or outside of one hundred (100) feet of the property line.

(g)      lawn care, snow removal equipment and
other household tools or equipment when used and maintained in accordance with
the manufacturer’s specifications between the hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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Sec. 19-124.  Enforcement and penalties.

(a)    Any person, who
after instructed to cease the noise, shall allow or cause a continued violation
of this Section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject
to a fine not exceeding $500 for a first offense, and $1,000 for each
subsequent offense or imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both such
fine and imprisonment.

(b) As an alternative to criminal
action, the Director, Police Chief or police officer may issue a civil citation
for any violation of this Section not exceeding $500 for a first offense, and $1,000
for each subsequent offense.

(CB-21-2011)

Sec. 19-125.  Civil citation to owner or landlord.

(a)    The Director,
Chief of Police, police officer or a designee may issue a civil citation to the
owner or landlord of the building or premises from which noise in violation of
Section 19-122 of this title emanates, if more than three civil citations have
been filed against an occupant, at one address, within a 60-day period.

(b)   The
Director, Chief of Police, police officer or a designee may issue additional
civil citations for each subsequent violation within 6 months after the initial
citation of the owner or landlord.

(c)    Before issuing a
citation, the Director , Chief of Police, police officer or a designee shall
send by certified mail or deliver written notice to the owner or landlord that
three citations have been filed under Section 19-122 of this title within a 60
day period.

(CB-21-2011)

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