My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?

It depends on who is doing the work and when.

If you are a Construction Professional (i.e. a Licensed Contractor) or an owner/occupant doing your own construction on a site with an active building permit:

  • Monday through Friday through from 7 am to 8 am - Light noise associated with preparing the job site is permitted. No heavy equipment power tools are permitted.
  • Monday through Friday through from 8 am to 5 pm - Heavy equipment/power tool noise associated with construction is permitted.
  • Monday through Friday through from 5 pm to 6 pm - Light noise associated with disassembling the job site is permitted. No heavy equipment power tools permitted.
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and City Holidays - No construction is permitted. This includes painting and landscaping.

If you are an owner/occupant and are doing home maintenance not associated with a site with an active building permit:

Certain types of activities and noise sources associated with residential living are permitted under the City's municipal code. With the exception of gas-powered leaf blowers, low-noise generating power garden equipment (such as hedge clippers, weed-eaters, lawnmowers) is permitted as follows:

  • Monday through Friday through from 7 am to 8 am - No heavy equipment power tools permitted
  • Monday through Friday through from 8 am to 5 pm - Heavy equipment/power tool noise associated with construction is permitted
  • Monday through Friday through from 5 pm to 6 pm - No heavy equipment power tools permitted
  • Saturdays - Construction allowed 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sundays and City Holidays - No construction is permitted

Please Note: Unless expressly permitted by the City of Mill Valley, commercial landscape maintenance work on residential properties is not permitted on weekends and holidays.

No-Work Holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • MLK Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Complaints:

  • Fill out a form online to open a code enforcement investigation.
  • Submit a Complaint Form (PDF) to our Senior Code Enforcement Officer, Eric Cogbill by emailing ecogbill@cityofmillvalley.org. On weekends call the Police Department at 415-389-4100. Please be prepared to provide the address, date, and time you witnessed the violation. If the violator is a contractor or gardener, please note the company name and vehicle license number.

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