Berkeley residents and businesses must adhere to noise standards. Apply for a sound permit or report a disturbance.
The City of Berkeley generally regulates four types of noise according to Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) standards:
- Construction, contractor, and household
- Amplified music, televisions, or speakers
- Domestic power tools and machinery
Construction, Contractor, and Household
Noise from construction is allowed from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays, and 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends and holidays. There is a maximum sound level allowed for interior noise and exterior noise for different zones where the machines are running.
Amplified Music, Televisions, or Speakers
Sound-producing devices—such as radios, TVs, loudspeakers, and musical instruments must not violate the levels set in the BMC when played. Amplified sounds associated with indoor and outdoor events require a permit. The Sound Permit Application Form contains all permit applications for amplified sound.
Domestic Power Tools and Machinery
Powered tools such as saws, sanders, and garden tools can be used from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays, and 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends and holidays within the limits of the BMC. Gas-powered leaf blowers are illegal in Berkeley.
Excessive noises originating from animals, including pets, e.g. barking dog, are referred to the City’s Animal Care Services Division, and can be reached by calling (510) 981-6600.
Report a Noise Disturbance
To report a noise disturbance, identify the source (if known) and complete a Request for Service form.