Yes. Section 24.182 of the Code of Ordinances outlines the Town of Leesburg Noise Ordinance. This ordinance has been in effect since 2009. The ordinance was changed in 2009 as a result of a Virginia Supreme Court case.
- Leesburg has an ordinance that is a “per se,” or plainly audible standard. If a sound can be heard by a person with their unaided hearing faculties, and it disturbs, it is considered excessive noise, which is prohibited by the ordinance.
- No. A plainly audible standard noise ordinance does not use a decibel based system. An ordinance based on decibels has certain levels for certain times and areas.
- Yes. If any business or resident creates excessive noise, the ordinance applies equally.
- Yes. Acoustic music (non-amplified) that does not disturb others in allowed. Music that is amplified requires a registration with the Town Manager's office. If approved, amplified music may be played outdoors between the hours 10:30am and 8:00pm. Before 10:30am and after 8:00pm, the plainly audible standard applies.
- Registration is required for any amplified sounds that are outside in the Town of Leesburg. The approved registration allows for outdoor music between the hour of 10:30am and 8:00pm. You can download the application for amplified music here or contact the Town Manager’s office at 703-771-2700.
The penalty for violating the noise ordinance is a class 2 misdemeanor, meaning a potential court appearance. However, Leesburg Police strives to attain compliance by a visit to the offending site and asking for compliance.
Although the Town Council has discussed changing the ordinance to a decibel based system, the current ordinance is in effect with no plans to change at this time.
The full text of the Leesburg Noise Ordinance is found in Section 24-182 of the Leesburg Town Code.