Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarms — See Ch. 75.
Building construction — See Ch. 93.
Dogs, cats and other animals — See Ch. 113.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 197.
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 271.
[Adopted 12-3-1974 by Ord. No. 1438 as Section 3-3 of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances]

§ 181-1 Noise restricted.

It shall be unlawful for a person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which does or is likely to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others

§ 181-2 Unlawful acts.

A. 
Without intending to limit the generality of § 181-1, the following acts are hereby declared to be examples of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in violation of this article:
(1) 
Radios; televisions; phonographs. The playing, use or operation of any radio-receiving set, television, 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 neighboring inhabitants or with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing for persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which the machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners. The operation of such a set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. so that it is clearly audible at a distance of 100 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this article.
(2) 
Yelling; shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or at any time or place, which annoys or disturbs the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, dwelling, hotel, motel or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
(3) 
Animals; birds. The keeping of animals or birds which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, disturbs the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity.
(4) 
Horns. The sounding of a horn or warning device on an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle, except when required by law or when necessary to give timely warning of the approach of the vehicle or as a warning of impending danger to persons driving other vehicles or to persons on the street. No person shall sound a horn or warning device on an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle which emits an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or for an unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.
(5) 
Exhaust. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of a steam engine, stationary internal-combustion engine or motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises.
(6) 
Defect in vehicle or load. The use of an automobile, motorcycle or vehicle so out of repair or so loaded that it creates loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
(7) 
Construction or repair. Excavation, demolition, construction, repair, or alteration work shall be conducted only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. In case of urgent necessity or in the interests of public health or safety, the Director of Public Works may grant a permit for excavation, demolition, construction, repair of streets, sidewalks and bridges or alteration work for a period necessary to complete said work.
[Amended 8-5-1986 by Ord. No. 1702; 10-15-2013 by Ord. No. 2733-13]
(8) 
Schools; courts; churches; hospitals. The creation of excessive noise on a street adjacent to a school, institution of learning, church or court while in use or adjacent to a hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the working of the institution or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such a street indicating that it is a school, hospital or court street.
(9) 
Equipment having constantly running engines.
[Added 8-6-1991 by Ord. No. 1867]
(a) 
No enterprise or business, whether for the purpose of home maintenance, lawn care, vehicle maintenance or any similar service, which uses equipment that has a constant running engine producing excessive noise may begin work prior to 7:30 a.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays. All work must be completed on those days by 8:00 p.m. No work shall take place before 11:00 a.m. and must cease by 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
(b) 
Any work performed by the Township of Maplewood, the County of Essex or the State of New Jersey and any emergency utility work is exempted from this requirement.
B. 
The above enumeration is intended to give typical illustrations of prohibited noise and shall not be construed as exclusive.

§ 181-3 Exceptions.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to:
A. 
The use of bells, chimes or sound amplifiers by churches engaged in church activities.
B. 
Activities of municipal departments in the performance of their duties, drills or public demonstrations.
C. 
Activities in public parks, playgrounds or public buildings under permission or authority of municipal officials.
D. 
The playing by a band or orchestra in a hall or building or in the open air, where duly authorized.

§ 181-4 Sound trucks.

Sound trucks may be operated in accordance with the following regulations upon the issuance of a permit by the Township Committee for each occasion and each location.
A. 
Sound trucks shall not be operated in residential zones in the Township before 9:00 a.m. nor after 7:00 p.m.
B. 
Sound trucks shall not be operated in commercial zones in the Township before 9:00 a.m. nor after 9:00 p.m.
C. 
Moving sound trucks shall keep to the extreme right-hand side of the road and shall proceed at a speed of not less than 10 miles per hour.
D. 
Stationary sound trucks are prohibited in all residential zones in the Township but may be operated in commercial zones during the hours referred to above.
E. 
For the purpose of this section, "residential zones" shall mean the zone so designated in the Zoning Ordinance of the Township,[1] and "commercial zones" shall mean and include all parts of the Township other than residential zones.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 271, Zoning and Land Development.
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Art. II, General Regulations, adopted 2-21-1995 by Ord. No. 1962, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 11-8-1995 by Ord. No. 1980.

§ 181-5 Violations and penalties.

[Added 11-7-2012 by Ord. No. 2706-12]
A. 
Any person found to be in violation of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine as follows:
(1) 
First offense: $100.
(2) 
Second offense: $200.
(3) 
Any subsequent offense: an amount not to exceed $500.
B. 
Each day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.