Noise Ordinance

A revision to the Town of Wake Forest's Noise Ordinance was approved by the Board of Commissioners on October 18, 2005. It can be found in the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 14, under Environment, Article III, Section 14-66 thru 14-75.

Specifically, residential impacts relating to construction activities can be found in sec. 14-71, "it is unlawful in any residentially-zoned area of the town or within 300 feet of any occupied residential structure in all zoning districts of the town to cause undue noise."

The following is a chart describing the days, times, and decibel levels allowed for certain activities:

USE

DAYS

TIMES

MAX DECIBELS dB(A)

General

Monday - Sunday

9am – 9pm
9pm – 9am

60
50

Public Entertainment

Monday - Sunday

9am – 9pm
9pm – 9am

65
50

Recreational Activities

Monday - Sunday

7am – 10:30pm

No established limit

Garbage

Monday - Friday

7am – 8pm

No established limit

Construction

Monday - Friday
Saturday - Sunday

7am - 8pm
8am – 6pm

No established limit

Lawnmowers

Monday - Sunday

7am – 9pm

No established limit

Violation of this article (Noise Control Ordinance) shall subject the offender(s) to a civil penalty in the amount of $100 enforced by the Town of Wake Forest Police Department.

  • Second offense within same 30-day period: $250

  • Third offense within same 30-day period: $500

  • Fourth offense within same 30-day period: $750

  • Fifth and any subsequent offense within same 30-day period: $1,000

For more information, contact the Wake Forest Police Department at (919) 554-6150.