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Noise Pollution

Excessive noise or unwanted sound is not only a nuisance but may also be a health hazard as indicated by numerous studies.  Common sources of noise pollution are hard to define.  What is an obtrusive racket to some may go largely unnoticed by others.  Yet, noise beyond acceptable legal limits is a common occurrence.

  • Persistent noise complaints are investigated by the Passaic County Department of Health using special decibel measuring equipment operated by qualified investigators.
  • The most common violations are noise levels that exceed the following guidelines: 60Dba between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am, measured on a residential property line.
  • Complaints or information relating to noise can be referred to the Passaic County Department of Health at 973-225-3644.

The most common citations that the county issues are for violations of the following:

NJAC 7:29-1.2(c)- No person shall cause sound from any commercial, industrial, public service or community service facility when measure at a residential property line exceeds 65 decibels between 7 am and 10 pm or 50 decibels after 10 pm.

Contact Us
Passaic County Health Department
18 Clark Street
Paterson, NJ 07505

Charlene W. Gungil
Health Officer & Director
Phone: 973-881-4396
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