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Posted on: June 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Santa Rosa County approves noise ordinance

On June 22, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved a new noise ordinance that provides specific noise levels that will result in a violation if exceeded. This takes place of the previous ordinance that utilized plainly audible criteria that was problematic for enforcement.

Ordinance facts

  • Noise will be measured by calibrated meters at the receiving property line, not at the source of the noise.
  • All alleged violators will receive a warning prior to being issued a fine.
  • The ordinance covers all of unincorporated Santa Rosa County and not the City of Milton, Gulf Breeze, or the Town of Jay.
  • The discharge of firearms is not subject to enforcement under this ordinance.
  • Special events, special construction needs, entertainment venues, racetracks, etc may seek a noise variance as needed through a process being currently developed.
  • Fines begin at $100 per occurrence and can double or triple with subsequent offenses.

The following will not result in a violation:

  • Running an air conditioner at night.
  • Talking to a neighbor.
  • Running an emergency generator.
  • Cheering at sports games.

The full ordinance is available online. If you have additional questions, please call Code Enforcement at 850-981-7090.

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