Florida State Law on: Construction Equipment in the Residential Areas
Construction equipment used in residential areas must have a noise reduction device or be used as recommended by the manufacturers. Construction activity is not allowed between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Monday to Saturday, and Sunday all day. Equipment that needs to run around the clock such as pumps or generators must be put in an acoustical enclosure from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. There are, however, exceptions if the activity creating the noise is indispensable and crucial to public welfare, health and safety.
Pinellas County uses a decibel-based noise control program that places maximum limits on noise allowed on a property. In residential areas between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., a noise level of 72dBA (decibels) is allowed. After 11 p.m., the allowable level is reduced to 55dBA. As an example, normal conversation between two people standing five feet apart would measure about 55dBA.
Excessive noise from parties, people or vehicles is handled by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, (727) 582-6200. Normal maintenance and use of equipment such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, and flushing boat motors are all conventional to everyday life and are exempted when used reasonably.
Also see the EPA federal guidelines here: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/noise/residential-noise/prohibited-times-for-residential-noise
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