Noise disturbances are regulated in Santa Clara by the Santa Clara Municipal Code and California Penal Code. These violations can be enforced by a citation and/or arrest at the discretion of any police officer. Please refer to the following municipal codes and penal codes for exact definitions, phrasings and times:
S.C.M.C. 9.10.040 – Noise and sound regulation in residential, commercial and industrial areas must commence and end at the following times:
Residential – Commence at 7:00 AM and end at 10:00 PM.
Commercial – Commence at 7:00 AM and end at 10:00 PM.
Industrial – Anytime day or night
S.C.M.C. 9.10.230 - No person shall engage or authorize others to engage in construction of any building or related road or walkway, pool or landscape improvement, or in construction operations related thereto, including delivery of construction materials, supplies, or improvements on or to a construction site within three hundred (300) feet of any residentially zoned property except within the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. following on weekdays other than holidays, Monday through Friday, inclusive; and within the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. following, inclusive, on any Saturday which is not a holiday. A holiday, for the purpose of this section, is each day or part thereof upon which any of the following holidays are observed pursuant to California law:
- January 1st.
- The third Monday in January (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day).
- The third Monday in February.
- The last Monday in May.
- July 4th.
- The first Monday in September.
- The Thursday in November appointed as Thanksgiving Day and the day immediately following.
- December 25th.
No such work is permitted on such holidays. (Ord. 1549 § 1, 7-15-86; Ord. 1556 § 1, 9-16-86. Formerly § 18-32.3).
PC 415(2) – Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise.
If you have questions regarding these violations and wish to speak to a police officer, contact the SCPD front desk at (408) 615 – 4700. The SCPD front desk is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, seven days a week.
If at any time you need a police officer to respond and address one of these violations in person, please contact our non-emergency line at (408) 615-5580. Our non-emergency is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.