You can report noise, including loud music, coming from inside a club or bar. 

If you include your name and complete mailing address in your report, you will receive a survey from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). When you return the survey reporting a chronic issue, City officials will schedule an appointment to take noise level readings in your home. The reported establishment will be fined when appropriate. 

If you file another complaint within six months of having previously completed a survey, which requested a DEP inspection, the City will automatically enter another request for an inspection on your behalf in the DEP complaint system.

What Happens Next

Officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) will respond within 8 hours when they are not handling emergencies. They will be able to take action if the noise is still happening when they arrive. If you make multiple complaints within 8 hours, police may only respond once.

If you include your name and address in your report, you will receive a City survey. When you return the survey reporting a chronic issue, City officials will schedule an appointment to take noise level readings in your home. The establishment you report will be fined when appropriate.

Legal Noise Limits

Between 10 PM and 7 AM, music from bars and restaurants may not exceed 42 decibels when measured from inside nearby residences OR may not exceed 7 decibels over the surrounding area sound level when measured on a public street 15 or more feet away from source.