My neighbor causes noise problems? What can I do?

Some helpful, general suggestions include:

  1. Document, document, document: document dates, times, duration, type of noise, location, estimated distance from your property, description of participants, your activities that were interfered with, and, if available, noise levels (estimates OK such as louder than our conversation). Contact an attorney for advice before recording or videotaping incidents in Pennsylvania.
  2. Research whether your community maintains a noise ordinance or nuisance ordinance. If so, contact the municipality to get a copy and to determine any procedures needed to file a complaint.
  3. Contact a local attorney in Pennsylvania who focuses on noise, neighbor, or land-use issues. The attorney can assess your situation and determine whether a friendly talk with the neighbors may help or if other action is needed. S