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Noise

The City of Fargo has ordinances which protect citizens from unreasonable noise levels.


Loud music in vehicles

Many cars on the road today have very high-powered sound systems which can easily exceed the maximum allowed limit: 80 dB measured at 25 feet from the vehicle. Fargo Police can issue citations for loud car stereos. Violations can result in a misdemeanor conviction in Municipal Court and a maximum $1000 fine. To file a complaint, call the Fargo Police Department at 701.235.4493.


Noisy party or gathering

When two or more people get together in a residential area between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, noise or music must be kept to a reasonable level. Any unreasonable noise which is likely to cause significant discomfort or annoyance to neighbors is a violation of city ordinances. Noise which can be clearly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building, or in the case of apartment buildings, in the adjacent hallway or apartment, is considered to be unreasonable noise.

Fargo police can issue citations for noisy parties and order those attending to disperse. Violations can result in a misdemeanor conviction in Municipal Court and a maximum $1000 fine. To complain about excessive noise from a party, call the Fargo Police Department at 701.235.4493. They will send out an officer to investigate. If you live in rental housing, you should also notify your landlord about the problem.


Mowers/Snowblowers

To complain about noise from mowers or snow blowers that are operating during the "quiet hours" (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), call the Fargo Police Department at 701.235.4493.


New Construction

To complain about excessive noise from a construction project, call the Fargo Police Department at 701.235.4493. They will send an officer to investigate. There are several ordinances relating to construction, and the officer will need to evaluate the situation to determine which ordinance would apply. Also keep in mind that some construction projects, especially large public works projects, may have made application for an exemption to the noise ordinances.