Quiet hours and noise laws in Berlin

In Berlin, there are times when you can’t make noise or disturb your neighbours. This guide explains how the quiet hours work.

When are the quiet hours?

  • Sundays and public holidays are quiet days.
  • On other days, the quiet hours are from 22:00 to 6:00.
  • You can’t use certain machines between 20:00 and 7:00.

Your apartment building can have its own quiet hours. It’s very common. Some house rules (Hausordnung) have quiet hours in the afternoon (Mittagsruhe).1

What can you do during quiet hours?

During quiet hours, you can’t make noise that disturbs your neighbours.

You can’t…

  • do house renovations
  • mow your lawn
  • use the vacuum cleaner
  • throw a party
  • play loud music

But there are exceptions to quiet hours:

  • children can play, laugh and cry during the day2
  • church bells can ring3
  • public events can take place if they have permission from the city
  • you can use your washing machine during the day

How to file a noise complaint

How to file a noise complaint

Sources and footnotes
  1. gewobag.de 

  2. Berliner Mieterverein 

  3. Berliner Mieterverein