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How much noise can you make on Sundays in Germany?

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Excited about your small project and have time on Sunday? If the project is noisy, watch out. On Sundays in Germany you cannot make noise that disturbs the neighbors. Find out why below.

On Sundays in Germany you can just relax. Sunday is a day of rest in Germany – it is not without reason that shops are closed on the seventh day of the week. That means not working and just putting your feet up. However, many use the day to complete projects and to clean. Is that allowed on Sunday? Find out below

Is it allowed to drill and hammer on Sundays in Germany?

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No, most federal state holiday laws in Germany prohibit drilling and hammering on Sundays. Accordingly, publicly noticeable work that can impair the rest of the day is prohibited. The public holidays law of Baden-Württemberg states, for example: “On Sundays and public holidays, publicly noticeable work that is likely to impair the rest of the day is prohibited, unless otherwise stipulated in legal regulations.”

However, public holiday laws also apply to the rest periods specified in the rental agreement or the house rules. Drilling on Sunday can also be prohibited there. Domestic work such as vacuuming or washing clothes is permitted, provided it does not exceed the room volume.

What if I absolutely have to drill on Sundays?

First and foremost, speak to those people who may be bothered by the noise. If you present your concern politely and set a timeframe in which the work is done, your neighbors could be very accommodating. In many municipalities, it is also possible to apply for a special permit from the city administration for larger work.

Drilling and hammering in the garden: allowed on Sundays?

Even those who have their own garden are not allowed to drill or hammer on Sundays. According to the holiday laws, only light gardening work by the owners or their loved ones is allowed. Weeding or fertilizing shouldn’t be a problem. Drilling and hammering, on the other hand, is not permitted.

Disturbance of the peace by drilling on Sunday: what to do?

If your neighbor is hammering on Sundays, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) recommends that you speak to him personally first. He may not even be aware that he is disturbing the peace. It can also help to talk to other neighbors who also feel harassed and include them in the conversation. If the person causing the noise is unreasonable and does not refrain from drilling, you can contact the responsible public order office or, in acute cases, the police.

Is it allowed to vacuum on Sundays in Germany?

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While dusting or mopping shouldn’t bother anyone, vacuuming is another storyin Germany. The noise that this creates could annoy neighbors on the rest day.

It is not legally forbidden to vacuum on Sundays, although there is an all-day rest period. The noises of a vacuum cleaner fall below the usual (and also on Sundays permitted) room volume. But this must not be exceeded.

NOTE: You must also observe the midday rest and the night’s rest. The respective times may vary depending on the federal state.

Note: You must also observe the midday rest and the night’s rest. The respective times may vary depending on the federal state.

  • As a rule, there is noon rest between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Most of the time there is quiet at night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. It is often regulated in the state pollution control laws.

Individual rest periods can also be recorded in the house rules, as well as in the rental agreement. So it’s best to check both before picking up the vacuum cleaner on Sundays.

Tips for vacuuming on Sundays in Germany

If you decide to vacuum on Sunday, you should also observe the following rules:

While you can vacuum inside the apartment on Sundays, observing the quiet times, it is generally not allowed outside. This applies to both Sundays and public holidays.

It is best – especially if the relationship with the neighbor is already strained – to consult with the neighbors in order to avoid arguments. So you can agree on a time at which it is okay for all parties to vacuum on Sunday too.

Is it allowed to mow the lawn on Sundays in Germany?

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Motorized garden tools such as lawn mowers, which can cause noise pollution, may not be used on Sundays and public holidays.

When is lawn mowing allowed?

The Lawnmower Noise Ordinance relates exclusively to motorized garden tools such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers or leaf blowers and may only be used at the following times:

When to mow the lawn in Germany?

  • weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (lawn mowing allowed in residential areas)
  • on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • On weekdays from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. , the operation of motorized devices is prohibited
  • On weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., particularly loud devices must not be used (e.g. leaf blowers)
  • Motorized garden tools such as lawn mowers are not permitted on Sundays and public holidays

Can sanctions be imposed if the lawn mower noise regulation is violated?

Yes, the legislator may provide for fines of up to 50,000 euros.

Mowing the lawn on Sunday in Germany is prohibited due to the noise caused by mowing the lawn and a violation will be sanctioned. The “lawn mowing rest periods” to be observed can vary depending on the federal state or municipality, so that the mandatory midday rest and the associated lawn mower ban can apply over a different period of time.

Is it allowed to do laundry on Sundays in Germany?

In principle, you can also wash your laundry on Sundays. The German Tenants’ Association writes: “The tenant can use normal and typical household appliances in the apartment at any time. This also applies to devices that cause noise and noise, such as vacuum cleaners. ”Noise from washing machines should continue to be accepted as a socially acceptable noise nuisance.

Can I do laundry during the rest periods?

The rest times differ from municipality to municipality. Separate rest periods can also be specified in the house rules. As a rule, however, the night’s quiet is from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and the noon break from 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is not legally clear whether washing is permitted at these times. In a court ruling by the Freiburg Regional Court from 2013, for example, it says: “If the tenant adheres to the necessary consideration and rest periods, other tenants must accept the noises associated with the operation of the machines.”


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