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Noise Ordinance

Approved May 1, 2012, the City of Fort Worth’s noise ordinance establishes maximum decibel levels for residential, commercial and mixed-use areas, and includes regulations on amplifiers in public rights of way and animal noise.

By the numbers

The following sound-level limits are measured from the property line of the person making the noise complaint.

Type Day
(7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
(10 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
Residential 70 dBA 60 dBA
Commercial & Mixed-use 80 dBA 70 dBA

Exceptions to the restrictions include:

  • Building ventilation and property maintenance
  • Public and school property
  • Government function
  • Permitted outdoor events
  • Large venue in Trinity Uptown (>1,000 people)
  • Airport, railway and vehicular transportation

The ordinance also prohibits animals from creating unprovoked noise for 10 minutes or longer. Noise generated by gas drilling is regulated separately and is not part of this ordinance.

View the ordinance

Download the full ordinance for more information.


Current Wait Times

As of April 8, 2020, there will be no walk-in appointments. All appointments will be online, by phone and email only. Residents may still schedule appointments in the QLess appointment system. Development Services Support will contact the customer via phone to hold the online appointment. There will be no person to person appointments until further notice.

Please click the link below to "schedule an appointment" or see the contact information to schedule an appointment via phone or email.

Please call 817-392-2222 for all general inquiries.

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City Hall, Lower Level
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Accommodations & Accessibility

Accommodations are available for residents who have accessibility requirements. To learn more about accessibility accommodations available from the City of Fort Worth, visit the Accessibility page or request an accommodation due to disability.