Addressing Noise in Pennsylvania’s Communities and Neighborhoods

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
noon - 1:15 p.m. EDT

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Noise can cause serious health issues and undermine the quality of life in communities.

Pennsylvania municipalities possess health, safety, and welfare powers to effectively address noise issues. Furthermore, municipalities may also risk liability against the municipality for not effectively controlling noise.


This webinar provides background for municipalities by briefly covering the significant, adverse, health effects that noise causes in communities, based on current scientific research, and by covering statutory authority for noise pollution control. Three examples of noise ordinances will be discussed along with the formidable problems of trying to address noise through outdated, general, “nuisance” ordinances.


The webinar will address the medical effects of noise, working definitions of noise, sound & decibels, distinguishing between noise regulations and nuisance ordinances and the 3 regulatory standards of noise – plainly-audible, decibel & hybrid.



Shannon Brown, Esq.

Shannon Brown received a JD on scholarship and with honors and holds a MA as a FLAS Fellow. Shannon served as a professor for community and economic development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, served as an adjunct professor of law, serves in local government (zoning and planning), and consults on ... Read More

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