Noise Ordinance for Leon County

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Currently, the county says it responds to noise complaints, but there has not been an official rule for keeping it down. Now, the county has made plans to propose an official ordinance based on "reasonable person standards." That means it will be enforced subjectively through claims that someone or something is too loud.

Ann Bidlingmaier, a county resident said, "It's going to take some tweaking and some suggestions and some working out, but it needs to be done because it is done in other areas."

Kevin Shea, a Leon County Sheriff's Deputy said enforcing current noise complaints has not been a problem. He said, "We let them know that we're not there to break up there party or to ruin their fun or anything like that, but we try to let them know that there are people that are trying to sleep and that the noise is a little excessive and 9 out of 10 times we never have any problems."

The Leon County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on March 25th for feedback on the proposed plan.


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  • by Audrey Location: Plantation Road on Mar 30, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    TPD just left. Rabbi told him that the party was over. And several people left. Still yelling and clapping in the back yard - at 11:15pm. Guess I'll call back. Would be nice to get some sleep...
  • by Audrey Location: 408 Plantation Road on Mar 30, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    Yet another late nite partying in a residential area. Really inconsiderate neighbors. Is it too much to ask to be able to go to bed at 10pm (its now 10:45) on a week night? Can't the party be taken indoors?
  • by Christiane Location: Lake Ella on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:25 PM
    Something needs to be enforced in residential areas. I'm sure the TPD is sick of hearing the complaints, but the residents in quiet neighborhoods are sick of making them!
  • by jd Location: mid town on Aug 13, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    There is an industrial compressor very close to my house,noise is anoying at 11pm every few minutes very loud. shouldnt be allowed after 10 pm!!
  • by Tig Location: Tally on Apr 9, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    That's nice that we now have an official noise ordinance, but the most important question I have is whether or not it will be enforced. We already have laws dealing with rice boys and disco boys in their stupid little cars, but how many tickets are written to these people when they rattle your windows with their low freq. base speakers? Not enough, if any. My last experience with this problem took three phone calls to Leon County Sherrif's Office in the same day before they finally turned it down.
  • by Eric Location: Lake Ella area on Apr 5, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    So, what about clubs like Paradise Bar and Grill? Will they finally be required to turn down the noise in the residential area? I live two blocks away, and I can hear them thumping away until almost 2am on certain days.
  • by Fed Up in East Tally Location: old St. Augustine Road on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    Enact an ordinance that covers highly amplified low frequency, ultrasound and infrasound! Get some deputies that can hear those frequencies! The deputies currently are hearing impaired. P.S. Stop those blasted boombox cars.
  • by Bruce Benson Location: Tallahasse Florida on Mar 16, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    Noise ord has to incude industrail nose subject to Residential bleed over. Do To Kangaroo Commissioner meetings Letting Industry have at a long time Buffer Zone between Lake Wood Village an the Industrial park.
  • by just me Location: tallahassee on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:51 PM
    Does this mean the garbage truck will stop picking up trash at 1:45-2:15 a.m. at the SAIL school on Jackson Bluff?
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