Fairfield has a Noise Ordinance in the Town Code that could limit contractor work hours as well as other activities. The State of Connecticut also has statutes related to noise disturbances.
Fairfield's Noise Ordinance prohibits excessive noise (decibel levels are listed in the Noise Ordinance) during the following nighttime/early morning hours:
- 10:00 pm Sunday through 7:00 am Monday
- 10:00 pm Monday through 7:00 am Tuesday
- 10:00 pm Tuesday through 7:00 am Wednesday
- 10:00 pm Wednesday through 7:00 am Thursday
- 10:00 pm Thursday through 7:00 am Friday
- 11:00 pm Friday through 8:00 am Saturday
- 11:00 pm Saturday through 8:00 am Sunday
During any state or national holiday, the weekend schedule will be in effect the night before the holiday through the morning of the holiday.
Fairfield's Noise Ordinance only addresses nighttime noise. When investigating noise complaints at any time of day, the Police Department relies on one of the two following State Statutes:
Sec. 53a-182. Disorderly conduct: Class C misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person: ….. (3) makes unreasonable noise;
Sec. 53a-181a. Creating a public disturbance: Infraction. (a) A person is guilty of creating a public disturbance when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, … (3) makes unreasonable noise.
These statutes do not have any specific noise levels so it is up to the investigating officer to determine if it is unreasonable based on the totality of circumstances, including the time of day, close proximity of other homes, type of noise, duration, etc.
There are also State Statutes related to motor vehicle noise.
Please contact the Police Department for enforcement requests and questions.