What to Do About Noisy Construction?

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There is a landscaping company doing work at a neighbors house.  The guys showed up a while back at 6:45 A.M. cranking music while unloading supplies. I called the company, and no one answers. This is a big company.

They are back and the music is already going full bore. I speak fluent Spanish and like the music, but feel its inappropriate for companies to do this in small neighborhoods.

The company doesn’t answer. Can the police be called? 

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a-1532618752 Jul 26, 2018 08:25 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

There are ordinances for this type of work and noise. I'm not 100% positive but I believe that they need to wait unti 7:30 am to start work. We recently had pipes redone on the street and they were out there at 7:30 am and sometimes earlier making ALOT of noise, so you don't have much recourse but you could probably get another 1/2 hour of quiet if you address it.

a-1532618835 Jul 26, 2018 08:27 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

Instead of calling the company why not just walk over there and speak to the superintendent/supervisor?

PitMix Jul 26, 2018 08:32 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

Call the police non-emergency line and make a complaint. If they have any units available, they will send one over to check out the potential violations. Not a good idea to go talk to your neighbor unless they are already friends of yours. This should not be your first contact with them.

oceandrew Jul 26, 2018 10:05 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

Why can't you go out there and ask the guy to turn the music down given it's so early in the a.m.? Most people are considerate if asked, with equal consideration.

a-1532625247 Jul 26, 2018 10:14 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

I would go over and ask if they could keep the radio off until, say, 7:30. Ask nicely; don't act like they have to comply. If they seem belligerent before you even open your mouth, you might reconsider, and wait a few days and call the police non-emergency line. Start with the attitude that they are not _trying_ to be inconsiderate, but that they just didn't consider. Heck, they've probably been awake for a couple hours, so it might not occur to them that it is early.

a-1532627545 Jul 26, 2018 10:52 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

I had the same issue two days in a row with leaf blowers.
I went out and kindly explained my situation and they said sorry and stopped for the day.
Kindness and a smile go a long way. Try offering some cold water and they may help you too.

a-1532706182 Jul 27, 2018 08:43 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

They are polite about leaf blowers because they know they are blatantly illegal and that the city police will actually respond to complaints about their use. Much harder to get the police out to monitor a day time noise violation complaint.

4358ed Jul 26, 2018 11:37 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

I agree with others that suggest a good ol' fashion meet and greet. Say your piece (or would it be "peace") and request the quiet until an agreed reasonable hour. It works !

Ducky Jul 26, 2018 12:39 PM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

Shouldn’t it be a common courtesy to NOT behave this way?!?? I’m up at that time for hours, too. Doesn’t mean that I want to be subjected to rude people and their noise pollution just as I would not play loud music prior to 10:00am, no matter the day. It’s just inconsiderate and rude.

Factotum Jul 26, 2018 02:40 PM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

City has noise ordinances. Look them up in the online Santa Barbara Municipal Code (SBMC). We do have codes of conduct in this city because that is the only way we can share this space together. Each generation needs to learn what they are, how we got them and what do we need to do to fix them.

pstarSR Jul 26, 2018 06:04 PM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

I think construction noise has been discussed on edhat before, and I am trying to recall the times. but I think its NOT before 7am and NOT after 7pm, can you make construction type noise.

best bet, walk over and tell them you enjoy the music, but at a lower volume. I have been on both sides of this, working outside you want some music. But I have also been in a home where NO work is being done and had to listen to music from the workers outside. sometimes its no biggie, but I can imagine sometimes its really inconsiderate. They may not realize its that loud.

a-1532670629 Jul 26, 2018 10:50 PM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

I've had this problem in the past. I speak enough Spanish to say that it's too noisy and how about some peace and quiet, please. Neither of my "bad" experiences had Hispanic workers involved. In 30+ years the only time it became an unfortunate situation for me (absence of cooperation) was with a roofing company (Action Roofing) and a painting company (don't recall the name). Both times the workers were belligerent and things got a bit ugly. With Action Roofing the one guy was regaling his pals with tales of viagra and how it was adding that special something to his sexual conquests. With the painting company, there was music, but it was mostly drowned out by the one painter who NEVER STOPPED TALKING. The painting company owner turned out to be a real horse's other end. There is some kind of weird entitlement thing going on, where many workers (and their bosses) think it's okay to go from job to job, blasting music and talking loudly and completely disrupting the peace and quiet of a neighborhood. If you try to talk with workers about their noise, there's a good chance they'll be friendly and cut you and your neighbors a break. But don't count on it. If you feel the need, call SBPD if you're in the City: 897-2410 and ask dispatch to send an officer over. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, noise is noise and City officers are usually helpful in that regard. Too bad those of us who like peace and quiet are often labeled cranks. My policy is to never inflict my music on anyone. The golden rule and all of that. The workers can wear ear buds, if they need their music to keep them happy.

a-1532710689 Jul 27, 2018 09:58 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

The business owners really should set guidelines for their workers. Just like most construction jobs now require smokers to police their butts (if they allow smoking at all), the boss can set simple noise rules. But so can the homeowner! When you hire a company to do work, get it as part of the contract. "No music before XX:00 AM, keep music and talking low throughout the day." People in fancy neighborhoods do this. Good luck to this poster, and I would be interested to hear if the problem gets resolved.

Flicka Jul 27, 2018 10:05 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

The poster didn't say anything about "sleeping in". Peace and quiet can be appreciated any time. And, if someone works at night, sleeping at 6:45 can be necessary to good health.

Luvaduck Jul 27, 2018 10:30 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

Interesting how many of the comments suggested being obsequiously polite and begging or bribing people who clearly have no regard for others. Noise pollution is as obnoxious as any imposition on other people's personal space and it's more difficult to defend against since sounds in the base range throb through the best double-paned windows and closed doors. Contractors/individuals/business owners who don't police their employees/themselves need to have that done for them--AT A PRICE.

Eggs Ackley Jul 29, 2018 10:11 AM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

This is a community website, yes? If the company is local they are part of the community. Let everyone know their name and maybe they'll change their ways.
Contacting the property owner, if you know them, is also a possible avenue. I had a similar issue with a neighbor's swimming pool contractor's workers. I got in touch with the general contractor who rightly claimed no responsibility( separate contracts). But now we know each other and have each other's contact info. He agreed that the swimming pool contractor was an idiot. I take some satisfaction In that.

Vee-Cee Aug 15, 2018 01:52 PM
What to Do About Noisy Construction?

If you can't get the noise to stop any other way, I recommend a smartphone app called White Noise, available for both iPhone and Android. I play it through a bluetooth speaker, for my dog to drown out machine-made noise, which upsets him. I first started using it for myself with a headset when we had a stone wall put in, and I was housebound with a broken foot, to drown out the sound of jackhammers. It's like correction fluid for noise pollution. Sure, it's not a good as actual silence, but it's a lot better than listening the the noise alone!

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