Leominster Noise Ordinance

The City of Leominster has a noise ordinance (Section 14-8) to permit better and consistent enforcement of noise complaints and problems. Unit Owners and Non-Owner Residents should be aware of this ordinance, as violators could be fined $100 for first offenses, $200 for a second offense, and $300 for every subsequent offense by the City of Leominster.

Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees and Managing Agent are fully aware of this ordinance and ensure that Liberty Commons Condominium Trust’s contractors comply with it. Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees has even verified in advance that any work that will be performed adheres to this ordinance and fully understand what is permitted and what is not.

It is Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees‘ and Managing Agent’s understanding that the City of Leominster has “quiet hours” between 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

Noise generating work or activities can occur during the following hours:

Start Stop
Monday through Friday 7:00 AM 8:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

Exceptions to the ordinance include noise from emergency work or training exercises, snow clearing activities, public parks, playing fields, special events, parades, or sporting events.

Additionally, “No person shall keep any animal or bird that creates frequent loud screeching or noise that disturbs the quite comfortable repose of any person.” The ordinance also restricts motorists to only using their car horn to warn other motorists or pedestrians of possible collisions.

Unit Owners and Non-Owner Residents should be cognizant of how their actions can affect their neighbors, such as: the volume of electronic devices, operating their garbage disposal, washing machine, dryer, playing musical instruments, the volume of their vehicle stereo system or exhaust, renovation or restoration projects, etc. Liberty Commons does have its own Rules and Regulations related to this subject matter. Some residents have requested that Liberty Commons’ Board of Trustees institute “quiet hours” into the Rules and Regulations. This has not been a significant issue, therefore, any issues that arise have been handled on a case-by-case basis under the current Rules and Regulations that address this situation. Common sense and respect go a long way to avoiding any of these types of issues and following the guidelines of the City of Leominster’s quite hours between 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM would be a good rule of thumb.

City of Leominster — Sec. 14-8. – Noise — Generally.

(a) Subject to the provisions of the section, the creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise and any noise of such character, intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the life or health of any individual shall be prohibited within the city.

(b)  The following acts are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:

  • (1) The sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus, street car or other vehicle while not in motion, except as a danger signal, the sounding of any horn or signal device on any such vehicle while in motion, except as a danger signal after or as brakes are being applied and deceleration of the vehicle is intended and the sounding of any such horn or signal device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time; provided, that any such noise shall be plainly audible at a distance of one hundred feet.
  • (2) The playing of any radio, phonograph, musical instrument or other instrument intended or utilized so as to reproduce sound, other than sound reproduction systems operated within a motor vehicle, in such a manner or with such volume as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence; provided, that any such noise shall be plainly audible at a distance of fifty feet; provided further, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit playing by a band or orchestra in a hall, building or in the open air.
  • (3)  The keeping of any animal or bird which by biting or by causing frequent or long continued noise shall disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity.
  • (4)  The use of any automobile, motorcycle, street car or other vehicle so out of repair or so loaded in such manner as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise; provided, that any such noise shall be plainly audible at a distance of one hundred feet.
  • (5) The blowing of any steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler, except to give notice of the time to begin or to stop work or as an alarm or danger signal.
  • (6) The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, motor vehicle, motor boat or outboard motor engine, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
  • (7)  The erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building and any excavation in regard thereto, except between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Saturday and 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. Sundays, or except in the interest of public safety or welfare, upon the issuance of and pursuant to a permit from the building commissioner which may be renewed for one or more periods of not exceeding one week each.
  • (8) The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning or court while the same is in session or adjacent to any hospital or church which unreasonably interferes with the conduct of the foregoing; provided, that any such noise shall be plainly audible at a distance of twenty-five feet; provided further, that a conspicuous warning sign using appropriate words has been displayed in such street indicating that the same is a school, hospital, church or court street.
  • (9)  The creation of a loud and excessive noise in connection with the loading or unloading of any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.
  • (10) No sound reproduction system operated within a motor vehicle shall be used in such a manner as to create unnecessary noise for any person other than the driver and passengers in said vehicle.

(R. O. 1960, Ch. 2, § 12; 11-14-94; 8-27-01.)

Note: This information is provided as a courtesy, however, please always consult the current City of Leominster’s ordinances for the current iteration of ordinances, as amendments may be made periodically.