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DIVISION 28. NOISE CONTROL ACT [46000 - 46080]

  ( Division 28 repealed (comm. with Section 39800) and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

CHAPTER 7. Coordination of State and Federal Activities [46070 - 46077]
  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )


The director shall promote coordination of the programs of all state agencies relating to noise research, abatement, prevention, and control. Each state agency shall, upon request, furnish to the director such information as he may reasonably require to determine the nature, scope, and results of the noise research and noise control programs of the agency.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


On the basis of regular consultation with appropriate state agencies, the director shall compile and publish, from time to time, a report on the status and progress of state activities relating to noise research and noise control. This report shall describe the noise programs of each state agency and assess the contributions of those programs to the state’s overall efforts to control noise.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


In any case where any state agency is carrying out or sponsoring any activity resulting in noise which the director determines amounts to a public nuisance or is otherwise objectionable, such agency shall consult with the director to determine possible means of abating such noise. This section does not apply to any action of a private person for which a license, permit, or other entitlement for use is required to be issued by a state agency.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


The Legislature authorizes and directs that all state agencies shall, to the fullest extent consistent with existing authority, administer the programs within their control in such a manner as to further the policy declared in Section 46000. This section shall not be construed to limit or expand the authority of any state agency to issue or deny a license, permit, or other entitlement for use.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


Each state agency authorized to adopt regulations in the area of noise control shall in the manner specified in subdivision (c) of Section 11423 of the Government Code give notice to and invite the comments of the office concerning any proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation in the area of noise control.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


In accordance with the provisions of Section 11426 of the Government Code or other applicable law, the office may petition any public agency for the adoption of regulations or other measures otherwise within the authority of that public agency in the area of noise control.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


The Office of Noise Control shall maintain a program to insure that all state agencies are advised of available federal assistance and funds for noise control programs. The office may, at the request of individual agencies, act for them for the following purposes:

(a)  Applying for federal funds which may be made available to the states for noise control programs or related research as a result of the Noise Control Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-574) or any other federal program or law.

(b)  Receiving technical assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate the development and enforcement of state noise standards and model noise legislation.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


The office shall maintain a program to ensure coordinated state and federal noise control programs including, but not limited to, the following:

(a)  The study of federal noise regulations proposed for adoption pursuant to the Noise Control Act of 1972.

(b)  The preparation of comments, evaluations, objections or the use of any other means to ensure that the federal government considers existing California noise control statutes and regulations prior to the adoption of regulations in order to prevent the adoption of federal noise regulations weaker than existing state standards.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 745, Sec. 138. Effective October 12, 2001.)

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