Air management services
Environmental quality can have a substantial impact on individual and economic health of a community. The City of Bloomington and the MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regulates various aspects to ensure health and safety for everyone.
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Excessive noise is injurious to public health, safety and welfare. Noise is restricted within the city depending on the time, place and source. Some exceptions may apply, so review the Noise Code - City Code Sections 10.29.02 for more information.
- Business areas are limited to 65 decibels (dBA).
- Industrial or freeway development zones are limited to 70 dBA.
- In residential areas - noise shall not exceed 60 dBA for an extended time during the day (7a.m. - 10p.m.) and 50 dBA at night.
- If industrial or business operations are adjacent to residential areas then the residential standards shall apply.
- Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. During this time, loud noises such as industrial operations, chainsaws, leaf blowers, lawn mowers and snow blowers are prohibited. Contact Environmental Health with any concerns. For noise issues outside of normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact the Police Department.
- MPCA noise program and decibel reference chart.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Noise (program, flight tracker and filing a flyover complaint)
- MPCA air quality index
- MPCA air quality data and monitoring
- Air pollution control device permit program [BCC Section Air pollution control regulations]
In Bloomington, Smoking and Vaping is not allowed in any workplace or public places (i.e., parks), as well as not within 25ft of entrances, windows, or air intakes.