Until what time can you make noise in a house in Madrid

Noise is a problem present in virtually any community of neighbors. Each tenant has different rhythms of life and noises are a frequent topic of disputes.

However, to know to what extent you can make noise in a house in Madrid it is best to know the law. In this way these situations can be better handled, since knowing the decibel limit can act accordingly.

What are the opening hours in Madrid?

It is normal for municipalities to limit noise hours from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 21:00. However, the city council of Madrid, establishes the schedule between 7:00 and 23:00.

When it comes to weekends this schedule changes. It becomes from 8:00 to 23:00.

What is the decibel limit?

The decibel limit will be established by the use that is given to the premises and the type of stay. So that you know the exact value here is a table with the different situations for the city of Madrid.

Use of the premises Type of stay Noise
Day Night
Sanitary Stays 40 30
Bedrooms 30 25
Residential Stays 35 30
Bedrooms 30 25
Educational Classrooms 35 35
Offices, study rooms… 30 30
Lodging Stays for collective use 45 45
Bedrooms 35 25
Bureaux Professional offices 35 35
Bureaux 40 40
Restaurants and cafes 45 45
Shops 50 50
Industry 55 55

Source: madrid.es/FrameWork/generacionPDF/ANM2011_7.pdf?idNormativa=0130511f3649e210VgnVCM2000000c205a0aRCRD&nombreFichero=ANM2011_7&cacheKey=11″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Protection Ordinance against Noise and Thermal Pollution [PDF]

If you live in a different location within the Community of Madrid, do not hesitate to visit the town hall website or even call to provide you with this information.

Is there a distinction between noise by works or by music?

No, the law makes no distinction based on the source that generates the noise. It does not matter if the cause is a work inside the house, the volume of the music or the noise of people dancing.

However, there is a situation in which the schedule changes: the machinery. If machinery is used in a work, the schedule becomes from 8:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m.

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By Catharine Bwana