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Reminder about updates to Augusta County noise ordinance

Augusta CountyWith the upcoming July Fourth holiday, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens of the recently updated county noise ordinance.

Noise that exceeds a level of 65 decibels between the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. is in violation of the noise ordinance.

Amplified sounds, whether emanating from indoors or out, cannot exceed 65 decibels at any time of day or night.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to be aware of the new times of enforcement and:

  • Enjoy your home and gatherings at a noise level that does not disturb others.
  • Keep windows and doors shut to minimize the noise.
  • If you are planning a party and can foresee potential problems, call your neighbors to make them aware and provide them with your phone number. Ask them to call you first as a courtesy.
  • If your neighbor is getting too loud, call them and ask nicely to keep the noise down. More times than not, asking nicely is the most effective way to address the issue.

The Augusta County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the ordinance changes, which included the change in enforcement times from the previous time of midnight to 6 a.m. to the current time of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at their regular meeting on June 24.

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