City of Excelsior Springs, MO
Clay County
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Section 240.010 Restricted Generally.

[R.O. 2012 §240.010; Ord. No. 4863 §2, 11-2-1948; CC 1973 §23-1]
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, within the limits of the City.

Section 240.020 Specific Prohibitions Enumerated.

[R.O. 2012 §240.020; Ord. No. 4863 §3, 11-22-1948; CC 1973 §23-2]
A. 
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this Chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed exclusive, namely:
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Horns, signalling devices, etc. The sounding of any horn or signalling device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle on any street or public place of the City, except as a danger warning; the creation by means of any such signalling device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; and the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time. The use of any signalling device except one operated by hand or electricity; the use of any horn, whistle or other device operated by engine exhaust; and the use of any such signalling device when traffic is for any reason held up.
2. 
Radios, phonographs, etc. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or at any time with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing for the person or persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which such machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. The operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, radios, public address systems and all kinds and types of sound amplification systems between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. in such a manner as to be audible to any person outside of the building structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this Section.
3. 
Loudspeakers, amplifiers for advertising. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used, or operated of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier, or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound which is cast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting the attention of the public to any building or structure.
4. 
Yelling, shouting, etc. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M., or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, or of any person in the vicinity.
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Animals, birds, etc. The keeping of any animal or bird which by causing frequent or long continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity.
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Steam whistles. The blowing of any locomotive steam whistle or steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler except to give notice of the time to begin or stop work or as a warning of fire or danger or upon request of proper City authorities.
7. 
Exhausts. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, motor boat, or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
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Defect in vehicle or load. The use of any automobile, motorcycle, or vehicle so out of repair, so loaded or in such manner as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
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Loading, unloading, opening boxes. The creation of a loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.
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Construction or repairing of buildings. The erection (including excavating), demolition, alteration or repair of any building other than between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on week days; except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, and then only with a permit from the Building Inspector, which permit may be granted for a period not to exceed three (3) days or less while the emergency continues and which permit may be renewed for periods of three (3) days or less while the emergency continues. If the Building Inspector should determine that the public health and safety will not be impaired by the erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building or the excavation of streets and highways within the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. and if he/she shall further determine that loss or inconvenience would result to any party in interest, he/she may grant permission for such work to be done within such hours, upon application being made at the time the permit for the work is awarded or during the progress of the work.
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Schools, courts, churches, hospitals. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or Court while the same is in use, or adjacent to any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institution or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital, provided conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating that the same is a school, hospital or court street.
12. 
Hawkers, peddlers. The shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers, and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
13. 
Drums. The use of any drum or any other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance, show or sale.
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Metal rails, pillars and columns, transportation thereof. The transportation of rails, pillars or columns of iron, steel or other material, over and along streets and other public places upon carts, drays, cars, trucks, or in any other manner so loaded as to cause loud noises or as to disturb the peace and quiet of such streets or other public places.
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Buses and trucks, operation thereof. The causing, permitting or continuing any excessive, unnecessary and avoidable noise in the operation of buses and trucks.
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Pile drivers, hammers, etc. The operation between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. of any pile driver, steam shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam or electric hoist or other appliance, the use of which is attained by loud or unusual noises.
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Blowers. The operation of any noise-creating blower or power fan or any internal combustion engine, the operation of which causes noise due to the explosion of operating gases or fluids, unless the noise from such blower or fan is muffled and such engine is equipped with a muffler device sufficient to deaden such noise.

Section 240.030 Compression Engine Braking Prohibited.

[R.O. 2012 §240.030; Ord. No. 03-7-1 §240.030, 7-7-2003]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to operate or use compression engine braking or other engine braking devices in the City of Excelsior Springs, except in emergencies. For the purpose of this Section, a compression engine brake is a hydraulic-electric engine attachment that converts a diesel engine into an air compressor by changing engine exhaust valve operation.
B. 
Notice of this Section shall be posted at the place where the boundary of the City joins or crosses any highway by an appropriate sign notifying motorists of the passage of this Section.
C. 
If any Section, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this Section is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed as a separate, distinct and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.