Complaints of late evening lawn maintenance spur Carmel council to consider tightening noise ordinance


The Carmel City Council is considering tightening the city’s noise ordinance.

At the Aug. 6 meeting, Councilor Laura Campbell said she’d received several complaints from residents about commercial lawn services working in neighborhoods at 8:30 or 9 p.m. at night. After looking at the noise ordinance, she discovered they weren’t violating city code.

“We found it was quite interesting that companies can start as early as 6 a.m. and go as late as 10 p.m.,” Campbell said.

The proposed changes would limit hours for using lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other loud lawn maintenance equipment to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The council sent the amendments to the Finance, Utilities and Rules Committee for review.



  1. Where is the appropriate place to comment on this issue? I want to mow my yard in the late evening because it is cooler. Why would we limit this activity?

  2. This is called “over reaching” local government. Laura is more than welcome to come trim weeds at my house, at 5pm on a 95 degree day. Goodness, it doesn’t get dark here till after 9pm! We already have noise ordinances, and they work fine.

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