Neighbor Complaint Letter

Here is a letter of complaint that can be used as a template. An effective letter should cite the actual noise ordinance that pertains to the situation that you are experiencing. It helps greatly to have a meeting with the police department prior to sending the letter.


Your Name
123 Main Street
Anytown, US 12345-6789

John Doe
456 Main Street
Anytown, US 12345-6789


October 1, 2004

Re: Noise Problem

Dear Mr. Doe,

I am writing to you regarding a continuing noise problem that we are experiencing coming from your property.

On Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 11:00pm - 2:00am, your two sons, Josh and Gary play loud music from their vehicle (a red Nissan Sentra CWG-8265) that can be heard and felt in our home. I spoke with you last on September 1, 2004 regarding the matter.

I have met with Lt. Gerry L. Sheldon at the Sheriff's department regarding what noise ordinances are in place in our community. According to the Anytown Administrative Code 24-221 (Section D, E): No person(s) shall permit to operate any electronic sound devices, musical instruments, radio, television or amplification equipment that is plainly audible between the hours of 10:00pm and 8:00am.

I learned that the Sheriff's department routinely investigates noise complaints and if found to be in violation of the ordinance, the offender can be subject to a fine of $250 for the first offense (with substantially higher amounts for repeat offenses) and a possible summons to appear in court before a judge. I advise you to check with your legal counsel to verify your standing on this matter.

Upon receipt of this letter, I expect that the noise will cease and you will comply with the law. I will be in further contact with the Sheriff's office if required in this matter. Thank you for your cooperation.


[Your Signature]

Your Name

CC: Lt. Gerry L. Sheldon, Anytown Sheriff's Department