City of Burlington, Vermont

City of Burlington, Vermont

Burlington Community Justice Center
200 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401
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Noise Ordinance and Fines

The purpose of the noise control ordinance is to allow all residents of our city to peacefully coexist in a manner that is mutually respectful of the rights and interests of others.

To report noise in your neighborhood, contact the Burlington Police Department at 658-2704.

Below is a summary (not the official language) of Burlington's noise ordinance. The complete noise control ordinance can be found by clicking this link.

  1. The noise ordinance applies 24 hours a day. There are also special "quiet hours" for the city from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  2. Unreasonable noise is prohibited. Noise is unreasonable when it is unreasonably loud given the time, place, and nature of the noise. Noise that is plainly audible between apartments or houses between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am is considered unreasonable. Sound systems, TVs, and radios cannot be played in an unreasonably loud manner.
  3. Noise from parties and social gatherings have special regulations. Such gatherings are defined as situations where one or more participants are not residents. In the event of a noise disturbance, all of the residents at a premise are considered liable in addition to any other person engaged in making noise. Residents who may not have been involved in a disturbance may seek special consideration and should consult with the issuing officer and may also seek special consideration from the court in a judicial proceeding.
  4. Machinery, power equipment, and construction noise are prohibited from between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am.  
  5. Certain exemptions apply: Approved emergency repair or construction work; authorized safety and emergency devices; approved utility and public facility work; snow removal equipment; and approved events by the municipality or by educational institutions.

 

Party/Social Noise Fine

  • First violation: $300 for an uncontested ticket
  • Second violation: $400 for an uncontested ticket
  • Subsequent violations: Criminal offense and $500

 

General Noise Fines

  • First violation: $200 for an uncontested ticket
  • Second violation: $300 for an uncontested ticket
  • Subsequent violations: Criminal offense and $500

 

Noise fines may be reduced through participation in the Restorative Noise Program