Arlington County Law Cracking Down on Nighttime Noises

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Noisy neighbors in Arlington County can either quiet down or fork over the cash.

That’s the message the county board is trying to send to residents as it voted unanimously to approve a new ordinance aimed at addressing concerns of loud noises.

The updated ordinance, which replaces a 2009 measure and goes into effect July 1, seeks to crack down on loud music and rowdy gatherings in residential areas, as well as animal noises and noisy lawn equipment during overnight hours.

“These updates mark a big step forward in our attempts to balance our lively urban neighborhoods with the community annoyances that sometimes accompany them,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette in a statement. “It’s important that we consider the needs of all Arlingtonians – long-time residents, as well as new arrivals – who live and work in our community.

Fines have increased from $25 to not less than $100 or more than $2,500.

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