What are some Texas noise ordinance laws?


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Texas noise laws vary by locale; for instance, relevant Dallas city statutes forbid the sounding of horns and similar devices by automobiles and other vehicles except to warn of danger, while Houston city ordinances restrict noise levels to a maximum of 58 decibels in the hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., explains Noise Pollution Clearinghouse. Similar Austin city ordinances forbid unreasonable levels of noise between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m., notes the City of Austin.

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Irving city laws require residents to operate televisions, stereos, musical instruments and other audio or video equipment at volumes that do not disturb neighboring residences, notes the City of Irving. City ordinances prescribe a residential area noise limit of 50 to 60 decibels, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Laws also criminalize unreasonably high noise levels in public areas, such as streets and parks.

Dallas city ordinances forbid residents from keeping birds or animals that make loud noises, notes Noise Pollution Clearinghouse. The city's laws also criminalize the blowing of steam whistles, except to warn of danger or mark time; and the laws ban vehicles that make loud grating, rattling or grinding noises. Dallas city laws restrict construction excavations, demolitions and related repairs adjacent to residential areas between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., except in specified circumstances.

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