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Noise pollution in the private sector


In the case of noise from the neighborhood, you should first speak directly with the person causing the noise, and if necessary also with other affected neighbors. If a compromise could not be reached through the conversation and if it is an unacceptable disturbance of your peace, it may be necessary to involve the competent authority.

To report acute noise pollution, please contact the public order service during the day:

  • Phone +49 421 361 12340

or at night to the central police call center:

  • Phone +49 421 3620

The public order service or the police will then check on site whether the noise is causing a significant nuisance to the general public or the neighborhood and, if necessary, take action.

The punishment of an administrative offense requires concrete information about the type and extent, the location, the time period (noise protocol) and the cause (polluter) of the noise.

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Statutory rest periods for garden equipment and machines

  • Motor-driven equipment and machinery, such as lawn mowers, lawn trimmers/lawn edge trimmers, scarifiers, hedge trimmers, shredders/shredders, compressors and high-pressure water jet machines, and hand-held lawn mowers, may be operated from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Saturday).


The devices and machines mentioned are not an exhaustive list. If the devices and machines are used commercially, they may additionally be used during the time from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m..

  • Brush cutters, portable power chain saws, grass trimmers/grass edge trimmers, leaf blowers and leaf collectors may only be operated on workdays (Monday through Saturday) during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Provided that the equipment and machines are used commercially and are marked with the eco-label in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the EU eco-label (OJ L 27 of 30 January 2010, p. 1), they may additionally be used during the time from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.