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Information On Boston Noise Ordinances For St. Patty's Day

St. Patrick's Day is fun, and fun can get loud. And loudness that annoys your neighbors might get you in trouble, so it's best to have information on Boston noise ordinances for St. Patty's Day.

Under Boston Municipal Code's Chapter 16, subsection 26, "unreasonable or excessive noise" means noise measured in excess of 50 decibels between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., or in excess of 70 decibels at all other hours; or it can mean noise that can be plainly heard at a distance of 300 feet.

Those people that complain about noise will be able to call the police and have you reported for “disturbing the peace.” Once the report is made, the police, under authority of Chapter 16, Subsection 26, can use a measuring device to determine how loud you are. Certain exceptions might be made if you have a valid license to put on a musical or other kind of production. So if you’re bringing in a band to your house party, keep that in mind.

Also keep in mind that you are completely prohibited from using amplification devices on your residential property. That is a term of art, which is defined as follows:

Loud amplification device or similar equipment shall mean a radio, television, phonograph, stereo, record player, tape player, cassette player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or sound amplifier which is operated in such a manner that it creates unreasonable or excessive noise. (There’s that term again).

If you can keep abreast of these rules, you won’t violate Boston noise ordinances and are not likely to get in trouble with the police. And that will make enjoying St. Patty’s Day even easier.

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