Public Health

Noise Enforcement Authority Has Been Transferred to Local Jurisdictions

Noise pollution continues to be an important public health concern and citizens routinely reach out to government for assistance. Some local jurisdictions already have robust noise programs, while other jurisdictions have historically relied on MDE's authority.  Since MDE's noise enforcement authority has now been transferred, MDE is redirecting all local noise complaints to the contacts provided in the table below.  Links to existing local noise programs and ordinances are also provided to help guide local jurisdictions without enforcement prorams. 

Effective October 1, 2012, the Maryland Department of the Environment is no longer responsible for noise enforcement.  During the 2012 legislative session, House Bill 190 effectively transferred noise enforcement authority to local governments.  MDE will continue to be responsible for setting statewide standards and general exemptions. See related eMDE article.

To ensure consistency with the new law, MDE adopted changes to the noise regulations.  This action was published in the January 25, 2013 edition of the Maryland Register with an effective date of February 8, 2013.

 

Contact List for Local Noise Concerns

Allegany County

Board of Commissioners
County Office Complex, Suite  405
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502-3401

301-777-2526

Anne Arundel County

(Eastern District)
3700 Mountain Rd
Pasadena, MD 21122

410-222-6145

 

Baltimore City

City of Baltimore
100 North Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
mayor@baltimorecity.gov

410-396-3835

Baltimore County

Baltimore County Police

410-887-2222
Non-emergency number

Calvert County

Board of Commissioners
Courthouse
175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-1600 x2214

Caroline County

Board of Commissioners
Courthouse, Room 123
109 Market Street
Denton, MD  21629

410-479-0660

Carroll County

Board of Commissioners
County Office Building
225 North Center Street
Westminster, MD  21157

410-386-2044

Cecil County

Board of Commissioners
County Administrative Building, Suite 2100
200 Chesapeake Blvd.
Elkton, MD  21921

410-996-5201

Charles County

Board of Commissioners
County Government Building
200 Baltimore Street
LaPlata, MD  20646-2150

301-645-0550

Dorchester County

County Council
County Office Building
501 Court Lane
Cambridge, MD  21613-0026

410-397-2134

Frederick County

Board of Commissioners
12 East Church Street
Frederick, MD  21701-5447

301-600-2336

Garrett County

Board of Commissioners
Courthouse, Room 207
203 South Fourth Street
Oakland, MD  21550

301-334-8970

Harford County

Sherriff  (Watch Commander)

410-692-7880

Howard County

Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD  21045

(410) 313-1773

Kent County

Board of Commissioners
County Government Center
400 High Street
Chestertown, MD  21620
sblackiston@kentgov.org

410-778-7435

Montgomery County

County Executive
Executive Office Building, 2nd Floor
101 Monroe Street
Rockville, MD  20850

240-777-2500

Prince George’s County

County Executive
County Administration Building, Suite 5032
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD  20772-3070

301-952-4131

Queen Anne’s County

Board of Commissioners
Liberty Building
107 North Liberty Street
Centreville, MD  21617

410-643-4537

St. Mary’s County

Board of Commissioners
Chesapeake Building
41770 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown, MD  20650-0653

301-475-4200 x1300

Somerset County

Board of Commissioners
County Office Complex
11916 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne, MD  21853-0037

410-651-0320

Talbot County

Board of Commissioners
Courthouse
11 North Washington Street
Easton, MD  21601

410-770-8001

Washington County

    Sara L. Trescott 
Director Environmental Health
Washington County Health Department 13332 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hagerstown, MD  21742

240-313-3400

Washington County

Board of Commissioners
County Administration Bldg, Room 226
100 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD  21740

410-313-2200

Wicomico County

Sheriff’s Office

410-548-4891

Worcester County

Board of Commissioners
County Government Center, Room 1103
One West Market Street
Snow Hill, MD  21863-1195
 

 

410-632-1194

 

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City Police Department

410-723-6610

 

 

Links to Local Noise Programs


Links to Local Ordinances


Links to Other Noise Programs and Ordinances


MDE information

410-537-3899 or 1-800-633-6101, x3899.​​​​​