The Village of Glenview

Noise Ordinance

Clarifications are under review

​The Village’s Community Development Department has proposed new text to clarify existing noise ordinance requirements in the Municipal Code. With strict enforcement of the current ordinance text, use of all landscaping equipment would be forbidden throughout the Village. The new text would clarify the various uses for which current regulations lack clarity, and proposes landscaping maintenance equipment (including both electric and gas-powered lawn mowers, weed trimmers and leaf blowers), natural gas and motor-fuel powered back-up electric generators, snow blowers and construction activity be exempted altogether or during specific time periods. 

Final consideration of the proposed text amendment is scheduled at the April 17 Village Board of Trustees meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road.

In advance of the Board meeting, an informational meeting has been scheduled to review the staff report to the Village Board with any interested residents at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Glenview Police Department community room, 2500 East Lake Avenue. The review will include the area golf course operators' Voluntary Noise Mitigation Plans.

Questions, comments, or concerns regarding the proposed ordinance can be directed to Jeff Rogers, Senior Planner, at (847) 904-4308 or


The Plan Commission considered a text amendment at its January 14, 2014 regular meeting, and recommended approval to the Village Board of Trustees.

The Village Board of Trustees considered the text amendment at its February 4, 2014 regular meeting, at which time the Board requested additional public input regarding the proposed permissible hours for use of landscaping equipment and other changes, and remanded the case back to Plan Commission for further public comment.

The Plan Commission discussed the proposed text amendment based on comments received and solicited additional public comment at its February 25, 2014 regular meeting.

The Plan Commission solicited additional public comment and completed its review at its March 11, 2014 regular meeting.

The Plan Commission recommended adoption of the text amendment to Chapter 98, Article VIII, Section 98-374 of the Municipal Code to include: 

(b) The following uses and activities shall be exempt from the noise level regulations set forth in subsection (a) of this section:
  1. Noises not directly under the control of the property user.
  2. Noises of safety signals, warning devices, aircraft, and railroads.
  3. Church bells, chimes, and carillons.
  4. Heliports permitted as a conditional use.
  5. Noises of snowplowing, snow blowing, and snow removal activities.
  6. Noises of mosquito abatement activities.
  7. Noise of garbage and refuse pick-up activities.
  8. Noises of emergency repair and maintenance activities of public utilities and related infrastructure conducted by the Village, other government agencies, and public utility companies.
  9. Noises of landscaping equipment in accordance with the following:

    a. Upon land used as parks, forest preserves, sports courts, or golf courses seven days per week from 5:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier.

    b. Upon land elsewhere in the Village from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier, from Monday thru Saturday, and from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier, on Sundays.
  10.   Noises of construction equipment during the permissible hours of construction as specified in sec. 18-744(11).
  11.   Noises of emergency standby power systems,  portable gas-powered electric generators, and similar emergency standby electric generators in all districts subject to the following conditions:

    a. The operation of system maintenance cycles, otherwise known as “exercising” shall be exempted for durations of up to 30 minutes per day during the permissible hours of construction as specified in sec. 18-744(11).

    b. The operation of emergency standby power systems and similar emergency standby electric generators which exceed the provisions of this section shall be permitted as a primary source of electric power supply only during outage periods when electrical power supply is unavailable from a primary electrical service provider.

The Village Board of Trustees preliminarily approved the Plan Commission’s recommendation at its April 1, 2014 meeting.