Central Falls Kicks Off Noise Ordinance Education Campaign

Central Falls, RI – With warm summer weather right around the corner, Central Falls City Council President Robert Ferri is leading the effort to educate the public about the city’s noise ordinance (full ordinance below). The campaign is a collaboration between schools, law enforcement, and City Hall to reach residents who may not be aware of the city’s ordinance designed to curb excessive noise and protect the quality of life in the community

 “It's a fair, honest, and well-intended effort to curb excessive noise," said Council president Bob Ferri. “Furthermore, our residents certainly deserve to enjoy a quiet and peaceful quality of life. Central Falls is a close-knit community where respect amongst neighbors goes a long way."
The city’s noise ordinance was last updated in 2015 and works to prohibit unreasonable and excessive noise levels from buildings and vehicles, at all hours of the day, which become an annoyance to residents. Those found in violation of the noise ordinance are subject to fines of $100 for a first time offense, $200 for a second offense, and a $500 fine for subsequent infractions.
“I would like to commend the efforts of Council President Ferri for taking the proactive steps to educate our residents about something that is often forgotten,” said Central Falls Police Chief, Col. James Mendonca. “The best way to achieve compliance is to educate and foster a culture of respect among neighbors. We realize that music often accompanies outdoor activities and are reminding residents to be considerate of the community.”
The campaign’s outreach efforts will include notification on the city’s website and social media accounts, notices at schools, and face-to-face education by Central Falls Police Department’s Community Policing Bureau.
The city’s noise ordinance campaign began on June 14th, in advance the start of the summer season.
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Central Falls Noise Ordinance

Section 1: Division 2 “Noise,” of Article III “Offenses involving public peace and order,” of Chapter 26 “Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions” is hereby amended as follows:

Sec. 26-114. Penalty.

The penalty for the first violation of this division shall be a fine of $100.00, a second violation of this division shall be a fine of $200.00 and a third and any subsequent violation shall be a fine of $500.00.  Each fine shall be appealable to the municipal court.

Sec. 26-115. Declaration of policy.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the city to prohibit unreasonable, excessive and annoying noise levels from all sources subject to its police power. The noise being generated may originate from radios, CD players, DVD players, tape players, televisions and other audio-producing equipment.

Sec. 26-116. Enforcement.

The police chief or his designee shall train personnel in the proper use of sound level meters and criteria necessary for the enforcement of the provisions of this article.

Sec. 26-117. Violations of acceptable noise levels.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any equipment from which the sound created by this equipment is capable of penetrating a closed vehicle from 20 feet away from the locations at which the sound is being generated, or heard from 100 feet away by a person outside from which the sound is originating. This division shall include, but not be limited to, sound electronically generated by autos, trucks, scooters, motor homes, mobile homes, houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, commercial buildings, lawn maintenance equipment, or from any type of portable sound producing equipment that can be carried or placed outdoors which through its operation exceeds the provisions of this division.

(b)   All state and municipal vehicles shall be exempt from the provisions of this division, nor any person, firm, corporation or other legal entity which holds a valid state or municipal entertainment license to sponsor a parade, carnival or other similar special event.

Sec. 26-118. Stereos, radios, musical instruments and other noisemaking devices.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate any stereo, radio, musical instrument or other noisemaking device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such a manner so as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of reasonable persons.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate any stereo, radio, musical instrument or other noisemaking device for the producing or reproducing of sound within a motor vehicle such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet, and comfort of reasonable persons. 

(c)    Any noise level exceeding the ambient base level, as defined in section 26-117 anywhere along the street property, or property lines of any property, or if in a condominium or apartment house with any adjoining apartment, by more than five decibels shall be deemed to be prima facie a violation of the provisions of this division. In the case of a motor vehicle, the noise level must exceed the ambient base level by more than five decibels at least three feet from the motor vehicle. 

Sec. 26-119. Public Education.

The police and fire departments shall conduct public education and post public signage to promote compliance with the provisions of this division.

Secs. 26-120—26-149. Reserved.

Section 2: This ordinance shall take effect upon passage.

Introduction: July 13, 2015
First Reading: August 12, 2015
Second Reading/Second Passage: November 9, 2015

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    I have been tortured relentlessly by a neighbor above me for over a year who has subwoofers on the floor over my bedroom. The police haven’t been much help as I often have to call them many days in a row and sometimes multiple times in one day. The neighbor never faces any consequences and so defiantly repeats the behavior often in the same day. I have also never seen one officer with a sound level meter. They haven’t even come into the apartment to hear how loud the bass is- which sounds quite different through air versus a structure as it’s vibrational. Even sound level meters cannot accurately pick up bass level noise the way that a human ear does. With our old housing stock in RI (all of new England) where residential buildings are primarily wooden structures, bass level noise is actually amplified for someone below the level where it is generated due to “flanking” where the vibrational noise is transmitted through the ceiling and all 4 walls. Supposedly the CFPD is supposed to be educated on these facts especially considering the Noise Ordinance Education Campaign but I have not seen one shred of evidence that they have a clue about the dynamics of sound at all nor any interest in actually enforcing it.
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  • Irene Laramee
    I want to thank everyone involved in this effort to get this noise ordinance started . It is much needed especially after midnight when you are trying to sleep .and the party goes on until three in the morning . I had a family cookout last year and one of my neighbors music was so loud we could not even hear one another talk . I only wish we could do something about the train horns blowing All night . . . .