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Ask The Times: Does Gainesville have Sunday noise laws?
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Are there no noise laws for the city of Gainesville for Sunday? People cut grass, run weed eaters, hammer on roofs, do major construction with no regard to neighbors.

The city’s ordinances would not restrict those tasks during the day Sunday.

As long as lawnmowers or weed eaters have a muffler or other device to keep them from making loud or explosive noises, then they are legal to use during the day. Also, construction is not listed under the city’s list of unlawful “loud, disturbing or unnecessary noises.”

Gainesville’s only noise laws that are tied to a particular time are its night limitations on noise.

“No person shall make, and no person shall permit to be made on his premises by any person or thing, any noise at night calculated to disturb the peace of the city, or the rest and quiet of any of the citizens thereof,” the city’s noise ordinance says.

The restricted hours are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., spokeswoman Catiel Felts said.

Otherwise, loud noise “which unreasonably annoys, disturbs or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others in the city, and which is audible to a person of normal hearing ability more than 100 feet from the point of origin of the sound or noise” is unlawful at any time.

Among those noises restricted to being plainly audible within a 100-foot radius are blowing horns excessively, radios, stereos in vehicles, loudspeakers and exhausts.

Radios, phonographs and similar devices are limited to the plainly audible from 100-foot threshold between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and bicycles are only allowed to be plainly audible from 50 feet away or less.

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