Chesterfield board expected to pass noise ordinance

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield county leaders are expected to pass a noise ordiance today. It could affect your parties, the way you watch TV and your pets.

The county needed a new noise ordinance to replace one that was thrown out in April after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled the language in it was unconstitutional.

The courts said the originial wording -- which basically prohibited "loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise -- was too vague. Chesterfield began creating a more specific ordinance base primarily on proximity and times rather than how loud something actually is.

Here's a few of the rules in the new noise laws.

Keep it down at parties -- noise from a group of 10 or more people between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. is not allowed if it can be heard within another person's home or 50 feet away.

Noise from animals that can be heard within another person's home or from 50 feet away is not allowed from 10 p.m. To 7 a.m.

From the same distance -- it also would be a violation for an animal to make noise for 10 consecutive minutes -- but that rule applies any time of day.

The Chesterfield county Board of Supervisors will hold a work session on the ordinance this afternoon, and a public hearing will be held in the evening.

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