Last month, the new noise regulations which went into affect were covered here at No Fryers. In response, a reader wrote:
Unfortunately it doesn’t cover neighbours with drum kits who allow their kids to play them on erev shabbat just as we are sitting down to eat and at other very inconvenient times of the day. Do you have any laws that can prevent this?
What could have been
In celebration of the new noise regulations coming into force, the Council for the Prevention of Noise and Air Pollution in Israel (MALRAZ) had a lot of space devoted to it in Maariv which included this potentially very helpful update:
אסור בין השעות 14:00 – 16:00 ואחרי השעה 23:00
אסור לנגן או להשמיע מוזיקה באופן שמטריד את השכנים לאורך כל שעות היממה
After contacting MALRAZ and speaking with the staff there, it seems that this clause was slated to be changed to mirror the text in Maariv. However, at the last minute, the changed clause was yanked from the regulations, too late to make any changes in the newspaper article.
So, below is the relevant clause, as published by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Noise by sound generating devices
3. a) A person shall not sing nor shout nor operate a musical instrument, a radio receiver or television and shall not make noise by means of a record player, a speaker, an amplifier or sound generating devices and the like between the hours of 14:00 and 16:00 and between the hours 23:00 and 07:00 of the next day, in a residential area in one of these places:
- In the open air;
- In a place which is not in the open air but which is not closed from all sides towards the outside, or whose doors, windows or other openings are not all closed;
- In a structure that has residential units (hereafter – residential building).
b) The provisions of subregulation (a) shall not apply to an action carried out by way of a party or celebration during one of these holidays:
- [Eve] of Independence Day;
- Eve of Purim;
- Eve of a [day of rest] and night of a [day of rest] – till midnight;
- Eve of Jerusalem Day.
Besides your afternoon siesta, it seems you have to rely on the consideration of your neighbors until 23:00 on weekdays or midnight on Fridays. Let’s savor the additional peace and quiet we’ve gained from restrictions on construction, renovation, gardening equipment, and leaf blowers, and we can hope that the rest of the law to honor quiet in the home will catch up soon.