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.
(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.
- City Council approves change to parking requirements for historic properties
- New commercial building permit submissions will only be accepted online beginning Jan. 1
- City staff to continue studying how to regulate short-term rentals
- New X-Team to provide faster plan review service
- Permits no longer required for garage sales
Current Wait Times
The Planning & Development Customer Service Team has a weekly meeting on Friday mornings from 8am to 9am. This meeting may affect wait times and call times. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102