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


Anne Arundel County

(Eastern District)
3700 Mountain Rd
Pasadena, MD 21122



Baltimore City

City of Baltimore
100 North Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202


Baltimore County

Baltimore County Police

Non-emergency number

Calvert County

Board of Commissioners
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


Carroll County

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


Cecil County

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


Charles County

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


Dorchester County

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


Frederick County

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


Garrett County

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


Harford County

Sherriff  (Watch Commander)


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


Montgomery County

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


Prince George’s County

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


Queen Anne’s County

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


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


Talbot County

Board of Commissioners
11 North Washington Street
Easton, MD  21601


Washington County

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


Washington County

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


Wicomico County

Sheriff’s Office


Worcester County

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




Ocean City, MD

Ocean City Police Department




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.​​​​​