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Because noise can be detrimental to health, most municipalities have noise ordinances, which are laws that limit allowable noise levels at different times of day for different zoned areas (i.e. residential, commercial, industrial). The maximum allowable noise levels are typically higher during daytime hours and lower during nighttime hours.

In Leisure World, most Mutuals limit when contractors can work, prohibiting work on weekends and holidays, for example, and limiting weekday hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The City of Seal Beach has a community noise ordinance that is designed to protect the peace and has designated noise zones and time periods when noise levels can intermittently exceed allowable limits.

Generally speaking, it’s fairly easy to comply with community noise rules by just being courteous to your nearby neighbors:

• Speak conversationally or even at a lower volume on those early-morning group walks when fellow LWers may still be asleep.

• If you are hearing impaired, use closed-captioning on your television so you can turn down the volume.

• Limit your noisier pursuits. For residential properties like LW, the standard noise curfew is from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

• Know the rules in your Mutual so you plan remodel or construction work within allowable hours.

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