Shhhhh . . . Silence is Golden
ACK NOISE ORDINANCE
Click here to access Nantucket's Noise Ordinance (Chapter 101 of the Nantucket Code).
If you rent your house, please consider reminding your renter of the town ordinances on noise,
Let's face it. With the growing number of houses in 'Sconset and the widespread installation of privet hedges, the noise from pruning has become an almost constant irritant during the summer. Here are some ways that you can help.
For corner lots, the Code of Nantucket (Chapter 132-1) and the Town Encroachment Policy (Section VI) actually restrict the height of hedges to three feet high for a certain distance from the corner for public safety reasons. The Town Encroachment Policy adopts the same height restriction for a certain distance from driveways on ALL lots on public roads.
Other Landscaping Noise
Electric and battery powered blowers, mowers, and edgers are now available that are quieter than the gas powered alternatives. Please use or insist that your landscaper use these out of consideration for your neighbors.
Use of gas-powered leaf blowers by commercial landscape companies is prohibited at all times and all days of the year. Nantucket Code, Chapter 101-2A(2).
Use of mechanically powered lawn or garden tools is subject to the same time restrictions noted below for mechanically powered construction tools. Nantucket Code, Chapter 101-1(5).
See Nantucket Code, Chapter 101-1A(4).
Use of saws, drills, sanders, grinders, nail guns, and other mechanical tools is prohibited:
See Nantucket Code, Chapter 101-1A(5).
Air conditioning, air handling, pumps, fans, compressors, swimming pool or spa pumps may not exceed 55 dBA over a ten-minute period measured from 40 ft. or more from the source of the sound or the property line of the premises on which the equipment is located. Nantucket Code, Chapter 101-2A(1).
Gas powered leaf blowers, edgers and trimmers use 2-stroke engines that create higher air pollution emissions including harmful carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and carcinogenic hydrocarbons.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, recreational drones aren’t allowed to be flown in controlled airspace unless the operator has a Part 107 certification, a commercial drone-operating license, and has received permission prior to flying. Without a special license and permission, Nantucket residents might find it hard to find the space to fly drones, as almost the entire island’s airspace is controlled by the Nantucket Memorial Airport.
Even though some of 'Sconset isn't within controlled air space, let's make ALL of 'Sconset a No Drone Zone to protect all of us from an unnecessary and annoying source of noise pollution.