Chicago Noise Ordinance

Quiet time is generally designated between 10pm and 8am in any area within 600 feet of a residential district. The Chicago Noise Ordinance does not apply outside of the designated quiet time hours for a particular type of noise (e.g., loud jackhammering between 8am and 8pm is outside the ordinance’s enforcement period). Please note that City of Chicago work (public utilities, street work, etc.) are exempt from the City’s noise ordinance.

To get enforcement on a noise ordinance violation in progress call 9-1-1.  

The brochures below give more detailed information on regulations.

The Excessive Animal Noise Ordinance details restrictions on “any continued, repeated or habitual barking, whining, crying, howling, whimpering, crowing, or loud noise common to an animal’s species that exceeds ten consecutive minutes in duration or occurs intermittently for a significant portion of the day or night, that is louder than average conversational level at a distance of 100 feet or more.” Call 911 for immediate enforcement of the ordinance (e.g. when the dogs are barking). If the excessive/loud animal noise is a regular occurrence, email dara@chicago47.org.

Airplane Noise  –>  www.ChicagoNoiseComplaint.com

Public Nuisance Ordinance

The Public Nuisance Ordinance is an effective tool that allows communities to take action against businesses that negatively impact their quality of life. Under the ordinance community members can petition the Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) to take action against a business that is not acting in good faith.

To learn more about this ordinance and the process, please refer to this factsheet from BACP. If you need assistance with a problem business, please contact Jim Poole in the 47th Ward Office at 773-549-4462 or jim@chicago47.org.

Lighting Related Nuisance Ordinance

13-96-1120  Certain types of artificial lighting prohibited.

(a)   No owner or occupant of any premises shall install, operate or permit the operation of any of the following lamps or lights in such a manner that the light is visible on any portion of the public way:

(1)   a strobe light;

(2)   a flashing or revolving light that resembles or duplicates the operation of an emergency light used on a police vehicle, fire department vehicle, ambulance or tow truck;

(3)   any type of light that, because of its brightness or direction, may interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle on the public way.

(b)   No owner or occupant of any premises shall install or maintain any of the following lamps or lights in such manner that the light is directed at or illuminates the residence of another person:

(1)   a strobe light;

(2)   a flashing or revolving light that resembles or duplicates the operation of an emergency light used on a police vehicle, fire department vehicle, ambulance or tow truck;

(3)   a flood light, spot light, or halogen vapor lamp;

(4)   this section shall not apply to artificial lighting used exclusively for the purpose of providing security.

(c)   The building commissioner may order any person who is in violation of any portion of this section to redirect or cover the lamp or light that is the cause of the violation. Failure or refusal to obey such an order shall be a violation of this section.

(Added Coun. J. 7-29-98, p. 74843)