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Is there a noise ordinance in Lawrence? I live in the Park West Garden Apartments. They’re cleaning the carpets and running the compressor at 10:30 p.m. Is this legal or are they breaking a code?

Yes, there is a noise ordinance in Lawrence, which is intended to “protect individuals from unreasonable intrusions caused by excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noises.” The ordinance says electronic machines and devices should not be used to “disturb the peace, quiet or repose of the neighboring inhabitants of ordinary sensitivity.” Construction operations are exempt from the ordinance. Shannon Meyer, property manager at Park West Garden Apartments, apologized for the inconvenience. She said the complex recently experienced a busy time as it experienced a large turnover.

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