On March 14, 2016, The Richardson City Council amended an ordinance that regulates the level of noise allowed to be
generated from construction sites located in or near residential areas. The Council took up the issue after some complaints were
made in neighborhoods where weekend work was disturbing the neighbors near some projects.
Construction work is already allowed to occur anywhere in the city every day of the week, including weekends. However, the
City Council amended the City ordinance regulating noise from such sites to be limited to a reasonable level any time between 6
p.m.-7 a.m. and on weekends.
The level of what is reasonable noise is determined by a decibel scale and on the frequency of the noise. Someone mowing
their lawn or intermittently operating a power tool on a weekend would not qualify, whereas using a jack hammer or concrete saw
would likely be in violation of the ordinance.
Noise from construction sites is not limited anywhere in the city between the hours of 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Guidelines for construction noise complaints
Construction noise is in violation of City Ordinance when:
- Continuous and excessive noise exceeds maximum permissible limits between 6 p.m.-7 a.m. any day of the week.
- Continuous and excessive noise exceeds maximum permissible limits at any time Saturday or Sunday.
Examples of construction and excessive noise:
- Compressors/generators (running for an extended duration)
- Use of heavy equipment* (demolition work, heavy excavation, etc.)
- Continuous outdoor use of loud power tools (commercial saws, jack hammers, etc.)
* Vehicle back up warning systems are exempt
To make a noise complaint, contact the City’s 24-hour response line at (972) 744-4111.