Noise Violation

A noise violation ticket in Iowa City is a simple misdemeanor crime referred to as "Disorderly House"

What is the definition of "excessive noise"?

Excessive Noise is noise that is disturbing to your neighbors or the public at large. Any noise that can be heard across property lines could be considered excess noise.

Can I receive a noise violation if I am making "excessive noise" not between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM?

Yes, the disorderly house law applies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Can I be charged with a noise complaint violation from the University if I live off-campus?

Because Disorderly House is a criminal offense, it is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and could result in sanctions from the university.

Who in my house, room, or apartment is in trouble if there is a noise violation? Can I get in trouble for a noise complaint if my roommate is having a party and I am not home?

Anyone who is on the lease could potentially get in trouble for a noise violation, even if they are not personally present at the property when the violation occurs. It is uncommon, however, for roommates who are not present to get in trouble for disorderly house. The police normally cite only the roommates who are present.