Construction and Home Maintenance Noise - What is Permitted?

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

A: 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:

Mon-Fri - From 7:00 am to 8:00 am - Light noise associated with preparing the job site is permitted.
Mon-Fri - From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Heavy equipment/power tool noise associated with construction is permitted.
Mon-Fri - From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Light noise associated with disassembling the job site is permitted.
Saturdays, Sundays and City Holidays - No construction is permitted. This includes painting and landscaping.

If you are an owner/occupant 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, lawn mowers) is permitted:

On weekdays (Mon-Fri) - from 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. 
Saturdays, and on Sundays and City holidays from 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Unless expressly permitted by the City of Mill Valley, commercial landscape maintenance work on residential properties is not permitted on weekends and holidays.

Reminder: Gas Powered Leaf Blowers are Prohibited
Please remember that the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers is prohibited by the Mill Valley Municipal Code in an effort to minimize air and noise pollution. Violators could be fined as much as $500.

Instead of using gas powered leaf blowers, residents and gardeners are encouraged to rake or sweep leaves and debris into piles and dispose in the appropriate green trash bin. Residents and gardeners can also use electric leaf blowers or electric leaf vacuums to collect and dispose of leaves. Please do not leave piles of leaves in the roadway. Leaves left in the street will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.

To conserve water, please do not use a watering hose to clear leaves and debris from driveways, sidewalks, and streets. This is a Marin Municipal Water District prohibited water use and can be punishable by a fine up to $500.

Need to file a complaint? Submit a Complaint Form to our Code Enforcement Officer. 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.