How Late Can You Play Loud Music?

How Late Can You Play Loud Music
April 17, 2020

If you love music, you probably like to play it loud from time to time. If you live in an apartment or close to your neighbors, your ability to play loud music is somewhat dependent upon those around you. Most people accept that it’s okay to play music during the day, but loud music late at night is a different question. How late can you play loud music? Does it matter if it’s the weekend? Is there a legal answer?

Laws in the U.S. Related to Noise at Night

The accepted standard is that people should not be playing loud music (50 decibels or higher) between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Many feel that it is acceptable to push that to midnight or 1 a.m. on weekends and holidays.

While these are good rules of thumb, none of these guidelines are laws. People are legally required to respect noise pollution protections, according to the Noise Control Act of 1972 governed by the Environmental Protection Agency. However, local governments and to some extent state governments are responsible for their own noise regulations.

In short, before you play your music over 50 decibels at 10:30 PM, you should do some research into what the regulations are in your state and community. Similarly, before reporting one of your neighbors for loud music late at night, you should know what the rules are.

If you receive noise complaints from your neighbors, the easiest thing is to try to accommodate them, provided that their requests are reasonable. You can always listen with headphones, turn the volume down or install some soundproofing in order to keep your neighbors satisfied.

It’s best not to ignore noise complaints from neighbors, especially if you have done the research and know you are violating the rules. Most residential communities take noise complaints very seriously, and repeated violations could result in a huge fine or even jail time.

Shop Soundproofing Materials

How to Play Loud Music Without Disturbing Neighbors

The truth is, no matter what time it is, if your neighbors can’t hear your loud music, you can play it whenever you want. Soundproofing products from Soundproof Cow can increase your ability to play music without complaint. We just can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to play your music at full blast at midnight without still getting some attention.

Soundproof Cow has the products you need to enjoy your music in peace — from soundproof foam that snags low-frequency bass sounds to soundproof barriers that block both airborne and impact noise to floor underlayment that isolates your music (and maybe a little dancing) from the floor below. Shop Soundproof Cow to find the right soundproofing products for you.

Not sure which soundproofing materials are best for your space? Ask us about a free acoustic analysis to help determine your needs so you can enjoy your loud music any time of day or night. Enjoy our No Bull products for deep discounts, plus veterans and active service members get 10% off.


Learn More About Music & Soundproofing

How Music Impacts Exercise

Garageband Soundproofing

Relationship Between Music & Memory

How To Soundproof Speakers

Recording Studio Soundproofing


wave designAuthor

About Kellen Beaver

Soundproof Cow Representative Kellen

Kellen has been a member of the sales team for over a decade. Prior to delving into the soundproofing realm, he was a jack of all trades in the service industry, working both front and back of the house jobs to various degrees. This diversity in experience makes it easy to relate to the needs of a large customer base. He understands noisy environments as well as the importance of aesthetics in a space. Adding something that doesn’t fit the look can be intrusive, so knowing that acoustical needs must fit the interior design is something he’s become very well-versed in. Most of this planning comes from working with both the owner/operators as well as their design team and architects. He has been able to adapt his knowledge in the restaurant industry into projects involving schools, office buildings and large medical facilities when the situation calls for it.

Join the Herd

Get soundproofing tid bits and be the first to know about our special sales.

Subscribe Form - (Full Version)

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.