My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?

It depends on who is doing the work and when.

If you are a Construction Professional (i.e. a Licensed Contractor) or an owner/occupant doing your own construction on a site with an active building permit:

  • Monday through Friday through from 7 am to 8 am - Light noise associated with preparing the job site is permitted. No heavy equipment power tools are permitted.
  • Monday through Friday through from 8 am to 5 pm - Heavy equipment/power tool noise associated with construction is permitted.
  • Monday through Friday through from 5 pm to 6 pm - Light noise associated with disassembling the job site is permitted. No heavy equipment power tools permitted.
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and City Holidays - No construction is permitted. This includes painting and landscaping.

If you are an owner/occupant and are doing home maintenance not associated with a site with an active building permit:

Certain types of activities and noise sources associated with residential living are permitted under the City's municipal code. With the exception of gas-powered leaf blowers, low-noise generating power garden equipment (such as hedge clippers, weed-eaters, lawnmowers) is permitted as follows:

  • Monday through Friday through from 7 am to 8 am - No heavy equipment power tools permitted
  • Monday through Friday through from 8 am to 5 pm - Heavy equipment/power tool noise associated with construction is permitted
  • Monday through Friday through from 5 pm to 6 pm - No heavy equipment power tools permitted
  • Saturdays - Construction allowed 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sundays and City Holidays - No construction is permitted

Please Note: Unless expressly permitted by the City of Mill Valley, commercial landscape maintenance work on residential properties is not permitted on weekends and holidays.

No-Work Holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • MLK Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Complaints:

  • Fill out a form online to open a code enforcement investigation.
  • Submit a Complaint Form (PDF) to our Code Enforcement Officer by emailing dstoneham@cityofmillvalley.org. On weekends call the Police Department at 415-389-4100. Please be prepared to provide the address, date, and time you witnessed the violation. If the violator is a contractor or gardener, please note the company name and vehicle license number.

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1. My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?
2. Do I need a building permit?
3. What are the dangers of mold and mildew and whom do I call if I encounter this problem?
4. It seems like almost anything I improve, repair, or replace on my property requires a permit. Why is this?
5. OK, I think I’m ready to apply for a permit. What information does the City need to begin the process?
6. How long will it take before I can get my permit?
7. Can I get started on the project before I actually obtain my permit?
8. What are these additional charges that don’t seem relevant to the scope of my project? What is a Road Impact Fee? Drainage Fee?
9. Does my project need to be completed within a certain time?
10. I’m thinking about renting, purchasing, or renovating a commercial proper. What do I need to be aware of in regards to City requirements?
11. How far in advance do story poles have to be put up? How long do they stay up?
12. I don’t understand how getting a permit for my project will actually benefit me; it just costs me money. What happens if I just do the work, and don’t bother with a permit?
13. I’m a property owner and I'd like to get a copy of the original set of building plans for my house. Do I still need approval of the design professional?
14. Why should pools be maintained and what should I do if I know of someone with a pool that is not being maintained?
15. I’m a new business owner and will be replacing the old sign with my new name. Do I still need a sign permit?
16. What days are no-construction work days?
17. I’m considering a home improvement/repair project, and I’m not sure where to start. What’s my first step?
18. Is there any way to expedite my approval, especially if it is a small project?
19. What do I do if I own or know of a vacant, unsecured substandard structure?
20. What do I do if I own or know of a vacant, unsecured substandard structure?
21. How does the inspection process work?
22. How do I report a code violation?
23. I can’t decide whether to hire a licensed contractor, or be my own contractor and manage the project myself to save money. What are the pros and cons of each?
24. How much will my building permit cost?
25. I am concerned about hoarding – what do I do?