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Noise Ordinance in Fairfax County: Time for Teeth This Christmas?

Board of Supervisors to consider temporary measure for enforcement this holiday season. Is it needed?

Fairfax County Police will have a new tool to combat Christmas noise under a proposed county ordinance. Patch File Photo.
Fairfax County Police will have a new tool to combat Christmas noise under a proposed county ordinance. Patch File Photo.

Your neighbors will have to keep their holiday cheer to acceptable levels under a new measure in front of Fairfax County officials.

On Tuesday, the board of supervisors will consider setting a December public hearing and final vote on a new noise ordinance. The existing ordinance is being scrapped over constitutional questions that could prevent holiday-season enforcement.

Are you worried about holiday revelry in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments section!

The new ordinance notes you shouldn't suffer your neighbor's noise if you've closed your doors and windows, according to a draft provided to supervisors. There are specific stipulations on overnight yard maintenance, trash collection and other matters.

A comprehensive planning update is coming for a wide range of issues in the county code. But this short-term measure is needed so that the police department can respond to noise complaints in neighborhoods this season, according to a recommendation from county staff.

In 2012, police received an average of 152 calls per month due to loud parties.

Have you had noise issues in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments section!

Virginia Harlow November 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Silly. More and more regulation, fewer and fewer rights and choices for the people. Can't even celebrate the holiday's?
Thomas November 18, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Surprising that anyone thinks they have the right to take away someone else’s right to quiet enjoyment of their home. Arlington County has recently revised their noise ordinance. Why not copy/paste from that or from some other jurisdiction that has already done the work? Also, it seems as though the part of the Fairfax noise ordinance that specifically addresses animal noises is being repealed and not replaced. Wonder why.
Ana Ham November 19, 2013 at 02:04 AM
This board of Supervisors are nothing but power hungry liberals.
novatom November 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Trying to keep the peace in the neighborhood is now considered "socialism?" That's a new one.
TM November 19, 2013 at 01:57 PM
My family decided to move from a house we loved because we were forced to listen to our neighbors' loud music at all hours. There were local noise ordinances but they had little teeth. After our miserable ordeal, we fully support fair noise ordinances that can be enforced.

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