Amplified Sound / Noise Control Policy

Goal/Reason for Policy:

The Amplified Sound Policy seeks to ensure that any amplified sound associated with university-approved outdoor events does not interfere with the regular functioning of the university or with the well-being of residential neighbors. 

Consistent with Essential Policies, amplification will not be approved during time periods in which it may disrupt the workday, classes, or other events. Amplification is not approved during reading periods or exam periods. New York City noise codes prohibit amplification after 10 p.m. University policy prohibits excessive noise amplification during business hours, although exceptions for limited amplification may be made between 12pm and 2 pm and 5pm – 10pm. Amplification includes, but is not limited to, any speaker more powerful than a portable radio, professional sound equipment, novice sound equipment, and any single instrument with an amplifier.

Outdoor events that play music must limit the level of unreasonable or disturbing noise that escapes into the streets or is heard in nearby residences by requiring that sounds levels may not exceed 70 decibels per New York City noise code.