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New Law Reduces Construction Noise, Lets City Sleep
New legislation gives city inspectors greater authority to reduce overnight and weekend construction noise and allow a good night’s sleep for residents of Queens.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation, Intro 1653-B, into law on January 17 permitting inspectors to take noise readings on a street or sidewalk instead of requiring readings to be taken from inside a complainant’s apartment or home.
The bill also empowers inspectors from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to shut down equipment that is too loud and calls for the establishment of new rules requiring inspectors to respond when such noise is most likely to reoccur.
In addition, construction companies will be required to electronically file plans for noise mitigation to make it more accessible for both inspectors and the public to review online.
“Working with the City Council, this legislation will empower our noise inspectors with new tools to more effectively enforce the city’s Noise Code,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza in a January 17 press release from the office of the mayor.
“By lowering the allowable after-hours noise limit in residential areas, allowing inspectors to take noise readings from the street, rather than from inside an apartment, and empowering inspectors with the ability to issue a stop-work order for noisy equipment, this legislation should bring some much-needed relief to New Yorkers,” Sapienza added.
In its Fiscal 2018 Statement of Community District Needs and Community Board Budget Requests, the number one budget expense item Community Board 1 requested was for DEP to “increase (the) monitoring of air and noise quality” in CB 1.
“Thank you to Mayor Bill de Blasio for signing this bill into law and to the Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Vincent Sapienza for his agency’s expertise and collaboration on this legislation,” said the bill’s author, Manhattan Council Member Ben Kallos, in the release.
Kallos also thanked “the countless residents who complained regularly about after-hours noise,” which he said, “led to this legislation to keep our city a little bit quieter.”
At the January 16 meeting of CB 1 held at the Astoria World Manor, board officers were re-elected to begin two-year terms from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 as follows: