Fireworks and Loud Mufflers Specifically Addressed by Updated City Ordinance.
The Lawrenceville City Council unanimously approved an update to Article III (Noise Regulations) of Chapter 20 (Environment) of the Code of the City of Lawrenceville. This is the first update to the current Noise Control Ordinance since approximately 2005. It will become effective December 1, 2021.
“Uncontrolled excessive noise can negatively impact a community,” said Mayor David Still. “Our City Staff and Council have spent considerable time and effort creating an amended ordinance supporting public health, safety, and quality of life for those who live, work, and visit the City of Lawrenceville.”
As required by law, the amended ordinance was publically advertised prior to the City Council meeting. It measures noise on a “plainly audible standard” with day and time restrictions. The amended ordinance closely aligns with Gwinnett County’s noise ordinance to keep consistency within the county seat and includes specifications regarding sound measurement standards, mechanical sound-making devices, human-produced sounds, commercial advertising, party noise and associated distances, days and times. The amended ordinance also includes specific restrictions for apartments, condominiums, townhomes and similar residential units.
The amended ordinance addresses consumer fireworks, outlining the only allowable dates and times within the City of Lawrenceville. This portion of the ordinance follows state laws currently in effect regarding fireworks. Additional specifications for distance and time of day are included for landscape maintenance devices, engine, mufflers and/or exhaust systems noises, construction noises, and commercial entities near single-family residential zoning districts.
In addition, exclusions are included for noises and sound appropriately permitted by the City of Lawrenceville; those made by law enforcement, first responders and other public safety officials performing public functions; noises created by safety signals and warning devices; noises from aircraft or airport operations; and sound volumes produced from within a motor vehicle controlled by O.C.G.A. § 40-6-14. In some cases, a variance for construction noise may be requested.
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