Ask the Mayor: Can a Woodworking Shop Operate Legally from a Condo?
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his office staff.
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Dear Mr. Mayor
Q: I am a resident of a large residential condominium complex in Central Maui. There is a gentleman who is running a commercial woodworking shop out of his condo and backyard. His equipment includes a sanding machine, table saw, electric planer and skill saw. He begins using this equipment, outdoors, in the late afternoon and continues to work, at times, until 9:30 p.m. The noise is earsplitting, making it impossible to hold a conversation or to watch television.
Beyond the deafening noise factor and timing of this work, is it even legal to run such a business in this vicinity? If it is not, what can be done to stop this horrendous intrusion on all our neighbors’ formerly peaceful evenings? Mahalo and aloha.
A: That duration and level of noise does not sound pleasant to have in your neighborhood. While it’s hard to say whether the activity is indeed commercial or a personal hobby just from listening to the noise, it sounds disruptive enough that you should talk with your condominium’s management company.
An on-site manager can observe the activity and make any official complaints as needed, as the rules for every condo development will be different. State law also considers “unreasonable noise” a manner of disorderly conduct, under HRS §711-1101.