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How does the Third Street bridge construction avoid breaking noise ordinance rules?

Julian March

Q. How does the Third Street Bridge construction avoid breaking noise ordinance rules when they work between midnight and 6 a.m.?

A. The city of Wilmington has a noise ordinance that protects occupied areas and public areas from activities that produce a “noise disturbance.”

But the ordinance has a number of exceptions. One of them is this: “Construction activity performed by an agency of government provided that all equipment is operated in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and is equipped with all noise-reducing equipment in proper condition.”

The full ordinance is available under “general ordinances” within chapter six, article II of city code, which is available here: https://www.municode.com/library/nc/wilmington/codes/code_of_ordinances

Call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600 for any complaints.


Can someone please explain the noise ordinance code in the Wilmington city limits and the county and how they are enforced?

Is there a noise ordinance for garbage trucks?

Is there a noise ordinance that applies to military aircraft flying very low?

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Bryan Cournoyer

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