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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.

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Fort Worth, TX 76102

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