Noise

Loud noises can be annoying. They can also create stress, make it hard to sleep or concentrate, and damage hearing. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase chances of heart disease.

There are rules about how loud noises can be and it is up to your local government to enforce those rules. Follow the links below to learn more about different types of loud noises in the community and how to report them.

Airport Noise

Aircraft noise, airplane over residential house
Aircraft noise, airplane over residential house.

Airplanes overhead are a major source of noise for communities along flight paths. Long term exposure to loud noise can create stress and make it hard to study or concentrate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in charge of enforcing rules about noise from airplanes and making decisions about flight paths. If you have a concern about airplane noise, the FAA recommends that you first contact the local airport.

Other Sources of Noise in the Community

Construction site, building materials
Construction site, building materials.

Loud noises in the community can come from many activities, including factories, different types of businesses, construction, and demolition. Noise can create stress and make it hard to sleep, study, or concentrate. Each local jurisdiction is responsible for enforcing rules about noise. If you have a problem with noise in unincorporated Los Angeles County, call 213-738-3220 . Otherwise, call your local police department for assistance.

Noisy Neighbors

Man at night can't fall asleep because of the noisy neighbor
Man at night can't fall asleep because of the noisy neighbor.

Loud noises from neighbors can cause stress, make it hard to concentrate, and cause tension in the neighborhood. Local law enforcement is responsible for enforcing rules about noises coming from homes, such as loud music or parties. You can call your local police station for help.

Workplace Noise

Worker protecting his ears from the noise
Worker protecting his ears from the noise.

Noise at work can cause hearing damage and create other health and safety concerns. In California, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, is responsible for making sure employers follow the rules and protect worker hearing. For more information or to report a concern at your work, contact Cal/OSHA

More Information

View the video below for more information on how noise affects our health.