PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — On Tuesday, the Pflugerville City Council approved an amended noise ordinance.
Effective immediately, the ordinance will reduce maximum noise levels, extend daytime hours on weekends, add a permitting process for music venues, special events and construction projects and give police more discretion in enforcement.
Under the amended ordinance, the noise limit will be reduced from 85 decibels to 70 decibels during the day and 65 decibels at night in residential areas.
The ordinance changes daytime hours to Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight. This adjustment restricts things like loud music outside of specific hours, with few exceptions. Allowable noises include emergency services, emergency work, aircraft, organized sporting events, school and city events, church bells and daytime use of lawn care equipment.
The ordinance also introduces a temporary permitting process for activities above the noise limit for special events and construction projects. Music venues can also apply for an annual permit provided they are at least 200 feet from residential areas.
All permits will be issued by the City of Pflugerville Development Services and must be requested 10 business days prior to an event.
Some people told KVUE off camera that they don't have a problem with the new rules and think its a good thing.
One business owner says it'll impact her business.
"We're just having to revamp everything," said Laura Luther, the owner of Elevate Event. "It's a bunch of different measures. Some of us will have to carpet the walls. We're going to have to do treatments to where there's sound-proof rooms."
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