Noise Compliance Division Introduction Asheville residents are protected by the city’s noise ordinance from excessive noise that degrades their quality of life. The noise ordinance outlines noise violation criteria and enforcement measures and is administered by the new Noise Compliance Division. An updated noise ordinance became effective on Sept. 15, 2021 following a two year public engagement process. City staff thank the Asheville community for their invaluable contributions to this project. Click here to review the new ordinance. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. Click here for information about filing a noise complaint. Happening Now The City is currently taking the following steps to implement the updated noise ordinance: Transitioning noise ordinance administration to Development Services (DSD) from APD; Hiring and training new Noise Compliance Division staff; Grainne Miser (Development Services Department) has been appointed Interim Noise Administrator Daniel Oropesa has been brought on as a Noise Compliance team member. Responding to community noise complaints Administering the Noise Ordinance Advisory Board comprised of: Three city residents representing different geographic areas of the city One representative of the performing arts One representative of the restaurant industry One representative of the industrial or construction industry One professional in acoustic engineering or a related field Apply for a Sound Exceedance Permit Beginning September 15, 2021, an annual Sound Exceedance permit is required for any activity on private property in Asheville’s Central Business District and Commercial districts that exceeds the following sound level limits: Sound Level Limits Daytime Su – Th: 7 am – 10 pm F – S: 7 am – 11 pm Nighttime Su – Th: 7 am – 10 pm F – S: 7 am – 11 pm Late Night CBD only 2 am – 7 am Central Business District 72 dBA 67 dBA 62 dBA Commercial District 65 dBA 57 dBA Sound levels are typically measured from a receiver’s property in the proximity of where the sound is being received using the A-weighting scale on an ANSI Class 1 or 2 sound level meter set on slow response for an interval of one minute (Leq1). Sound level limits reflect a one minute average (Leq1), not a single maximum level (Lmax) reading. A Sound Exceedance permit cannot be issued for: Property in a residential district; Property in an industrial district; Events held on city-owned public property, like a public park, that require a Outdoor Special Event (OSE) permit; or Property located outside of city limits. An annual permit applies for events held during the calendar year between January 1 – December 31. Those who wish to host activity that will exceed these sound level limits on an applicable property should apply for one of the following types of annual Sound Exceedance permit: Type 1: 1 – 2 sound exceedance events/year ($0 – no cost – for annual permit) Type 2: 3 – 8 sound exceedance events/year ($100 for annual permit) Type 3: 9 – 30 sound exceedance events/year* ($100 for annual permit) * Available for permitted Performance Centers only Sound Exceedance events must adhere to the following conditions: Cannot occur outside the following times: Sun – Thu: 10 am – 10 pm Fri – Sat : 10 am – 11 pm Cannot exceed 8 hours sound exceedance/event Cannot exceed 85 dBA (average of 1 minute reading) measured from a neighboring property with an occupied dwelling unit Applications for sound exceedance permits can be submitted and paid for online at www.develop.ashevillenc.gov. Click here for additional information. Contact Information Contact the Noise Compliance Division at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for information about filing a noise complaint.