Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 11-19-1962 as Secs. 19-24 through 19-28.1 of the 1962 Code (Ch. 183 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 134.
Land development — See Ch. 315.
Noise pollution (Board of Health) — See Ch. 635.
Park rules and regulations — See Ch. A680.
A. 
No person shall play, use, operate or permit to be played, used or operated any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the production or reproduction of sound with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing of the person so playing, using or operating such instrument or device and such persons who are voluntary listeners thereto, or in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring inhabitants.
B. 
The use or operation of any such instrument, radio, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 100 feet from the building, structure, vehicle or place in which it is used or operated shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
C. 
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit playing by a band or orchestra in a hall, building or in the open air.
No persons shall, for advertising purposes or for the purpose of attracting the attention of the passing public, play, use, operate or permit to be played, used or operated any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound on the streets or public places of the Township or in any place where the sound therefrom is cast directly upon the streets or public places or which is so placed and operated that the sound therefrom can be heard to the annoyance or inconvenience of travelers upon any street or public place or of persons in neighboring premises.
It shall be unlawful for any person, either as principal, agent or employee, to play, use or operate for advertising purposes or for any other purpose whatsoever, on or upon the public streets in the Township, any device known as a "sound truck," "loudspeaker" or "sound amplifier" or a radio or phonograph with a loudspeaker or sound amplifier or any other instrument known as a "calliope" or any instrument of any kind or character which emits therefrom loud and raucous noises and is attached to and upon any vehicle operated upon the streets or public places, provided that such a sound truck, machine or device may be used to disseminate advertising material, information or messages to the public in, on and upon the streets so long as the sound truck, machine or device so mounted shall remain in a stationary position, standing or parked in such public streets, if the person shall first obtain a permit for such use from the Township Council.
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or harbor upon his premises any animal that shall, by barking, snarling or growling, make any disturbing noise.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry or permit to be carried within the Township any material or matter of any kind which shall in transit give off disturbing noises, nor shall he load or unload such material at night if the loading or unloading cannot be done without the production of disturbing noises.
[Added 12-20-1971; amended 2-20-1973]
A. 
Prohibited. 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 annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others or to create any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise of such character, intensity or duration as is detrimental to the life or health of any individual or person within the limits of the Township.
B. 
Enumeration. The following acts are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but such enumeration shall not be construed to be a limitation or be deemed to be exclusive:
(1) 
The use of a sound truck with sound amplification in operation.
(2) 
The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any vehicle, except as a danger warning, or the sounding of any horn or signaling device for any unnecessary and unreasonable period of time in times of traffic holdups, or the use of any horn, whistle or other device operated by engine exhaust.
(3) 
The playing of any radio, phonograph, television, musical instrument or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound, in such manner or volume as to unreasonably annoy or disturb others in the vicinity, particularly during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(4) 
The use of or permission to use on the public streets of the Township any loudspeaker, amplifier, radio, phonograph or other machine or device for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting the attention of the public.
(5) 
Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing in the public streets, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., so as to annoy and disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, dwelling, hotel or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
(6) 
The keeping of any animal or bird which causes frequent, long, continued or disturbing noises.
(7) 
The blowing of any locomotive whistle or whistle attached to any stationary boiler, except to give notice of the time to begin or to stop work or as a warning of distress, fire or danger or upon request of proper municipal officials.
(8) 
The discharge into open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal-combustion engine, motor vehicle or other engine, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
(9) 
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.
(10) 
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.
(11) 
The erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building, other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, provided that a permit therefor has been obtained from the Building Inspector. Such permit may be granted while the emergency continues for a period not to exceed three days and may be renewed for periods of three days or less.
(12) 
The creation of any excessive or disturbing noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating the proximity of such institutions.
(13) 
The shouting or crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
(14) 
The operation between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. of any pile driver, steam shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam or electric hoist or other appliances, including locomotives parked in a stationary position, the use of which is attended by loud or unusual noise.
(15) 
The operation of any blower, fan or internal-combustion engine resulting in noise from the explosion of operating gases or fluids, unless such blower, fan or engine is equipped with a sound-deadening muffler.
(16) 
The sounding of any horn or signal device on any vehicle between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, at any street intersection within the Township where there is a traffic light signal, except in the case of an emergency, or the sounding of any railroad horn or whistle between such hours at any railroad grade crossing within the Township where there are crossing gates.
[Added 11-2-1987[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in § 1-15, General penalty, of this Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.