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Documentation of noise output

Does anyone know of any manuals or studies that involve typical noise outputs for certain land uses or activities (a car wash, for example)? I am thinking such an animal may not exist, but it would be pretty handy if there was something similar to a trip generation manual where you could get a grasp on anticipated decibel levels prior to construction to pre-empt any potential conflicts with noise ordinances or adjacent properties.

Probably a stretch, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.


Lee Nellis


There is an old Federal Highway Administration publication that gives typical noise levels for various activities (traffic, jet airplanes, etc) and at least discusses typical noise levels, as I recall. Unfortunately my library is in boxes for a move so I can't give you a better citation until mid-October. But check a Federal documents library, you may find it.