With the new noise pollution regulations going into effect this week, we’ll all be getting a little more peace and quiet.
Summary of noise regulations
Below is the summary, provided by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, of the primary components of the amended regulations.
- Limitation of hours for renovations and repairs in residential areas: prohibitions will be in effect between 10 pm and 7 [am] on weekdays and between 5 pm on a [day of rest] eve to 7 am on the day following the [day of rest].
- Limitation of hours for use of engineering equipment for excavation, construction and demolition work in residential areas: prohibitions will be in effect between 7 pm and 7 am on weekdays and between 5 pm on a [day of rest] eve to 7 am on the day following the [day of rest].
- Prohibition on the use of firecrackers and detonators in residential areas and limitation on fireworks: fireworks will only be permitted at a distance of a kilometer from a residential area and between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm or on certain holidays (Independence Day Eve, Purim, Jerusalem Day Eve).
- Restriction on the use of noisy gardening equipment in residential areas: prohibitions will be in effect between 7 pm and 7 am on weekdays, between 5 pm on a [day of rest] eve and 9 am the following day, and between 2 pm and 4 pm on [days of rest].
- Prohibition on the operation of noisy leaf blowers in residential areas: since leaf blowers which do not cause noise do not exist, this prohibition is absolute.
- Prohibition on installing car alarms: the prohibition will enter into force on July 27, 2011. However, in the case of alarm systems installed prior to this date, a grace period of 6 years will be granted (July 27, 2017) in which to disconnect or remove the alarm.
- Violations should be reported to the local municipality (by dialing 106) or to the police (by dialing 100)
- If local authorities are unresponsive, then complaints should be forward to the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s call center at *6911.