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Mayor Hal Richards

Q. - Is there a noise ordinance within the city limits of Terrell? We have a major problem in our neighborhood.

Answer - Thanks for your inquiry.


The City of Terrell has Noise Ordinance, #2139. Generally, noise created by persons or animals in excess of 85 decibels at a distance of 50 ft. from the source’s property line is a violation, “particularly” including loud music.


The police department has a decibel meter but they have to measure the noise level at the time of the complaint. If a police officer is able to get to the scene and record measurements above the limit, the police officer may issue a citation without the testimony of a citizen.


However, in cases where there is no measurement available, a citizen can make a complaint with Terrell PD, agree to appear in city court and testify the noise “caused material distress, discomfort, or injury to persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity.” An officer can issue a citation to the responsible party for the noise and the matter will be referred to Municipal Court.


The Terrell Police Department has received only 2 calls this year on the street mentioned in this question. Both calls were received on the same day back in August and involved a loud party.


While a property owner is free to enjoy the use of his property, his property rights do not allow him to violate the law. Terrell PD makes every effort to maintain safe, peaceful neighborhoods. If a citizen has a noise problem in a neighborhood, the police should be called.




Hal Richards, Mayor




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