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Reminder: Permanent and Portable (Emergency) Generator Noise Requirements

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Village and surrounding area were recently hit with severe storms that knocked out power for an extended period of time followed by a record-breaking heat wave. As a result, increases in the use of both permanent and portable generators have been observed.

These generators are subject to both the Village and County noise ordinances. The nighttime noise emitted from these generators is limited to a maximum of 55 decibels as measured from the property line, which will be strictly enforced.

Residents are reminded that if they are planning to purchase a generator they should make sure the device complies with the noise ordinance limits, and if they currently have a generator, they should check the manufacturer's information to ensure that the generator does not exceed the noise ordinance limits. As a courtesy to Village residents the Village Police Department will measure the noise created by your generator upon request.

Residents who experience excess noise from the use of a neighbor's generator should call the Village Communications Center at (301) 654-7300 to report it.