Borough of Pottstown, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Ord. 2058, 2/9/2009, § 1]
1. 
Title. This Part shall be known and may be cited as the "Pottstown Borough Noise Control Ordinance."
2. 
Purpose. This Part aims to prohibit noise that disrupts the health, safety and welfare in the Borough. The residents of the Borough recognize that uncontrolled noise represents a danger to their physical, mental, and social well-being, and that each person in the community is entitled to live in an environment in which noise is minimized for the community good. This Part attempts to foster mutual respect among residents and establish a community position against noise disturbances.
3. 
Applicability. The requirements of this Part shall apply to the control of all sound originating within the limits of Pottstown Borough.
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Relationship with Other Restrictions. The provisions of this Part are not intended to interfere with, abrogate or annul other rules, regulations or ordinances, including Title 18 (Crimes Code) and Title 75 (Vehicle Code) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. If more stringent requirements concerning noise abatement are contained in the other rules, regulations or ordinances, the more stringent regulation shall apply.
[Ord. 2058, 2/9/2009, § 2]
For the purpose of this Part, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meaning indicated herein:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Pottstown
NOISE
Any sound emitted by a person, an appliance, equipment, an instrument, other device, or animal.
NOISE DISTURBANCE
Any noise which endangers, would endanger or is likely to endanger the safety or health of humans or animals; annoys, would annoy or is likely to annoy, or disturbs, would disturb or is likely to disturb, a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities; endangers, would endanger or is likely to endanger, or injures, would injure or is likely to injure, personal or real property; disturbs, would disturb or is likely to disturb, the peace; or creates, would create or is likely to create, a nuisance.
PERSON
An individual, association, trust, partnership or corporation, including any members, directors, officers, employees, partners or principals thereof.
[Ord. 2058, 2/9/2009, § 3]
1. 
General Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person to make, or cause or suffer or permit to be made or caused, upon premises owned, occupied or controlled by him or it or upon any public land, street, alley or thoroughfare in the Borough any unnecessary noises or sounds, by means of the human voice or by any other means or methods that generate or reproduce sounds which are prolonged, unnatural or unusual in their use, time and place, as to occasion physical discomfort or which are otherwise injurious to the lives, health, peace and comfort of the inhabitants of said Borough or any number of residents thereof.
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Specific Prohibitions.
A. 
No person shall possess, harbor or keep an animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or persistently for a period of 15 minutes or more, or makes such noise intermittently for a period of 30 minutes or more, in such a manner as to disturb or annoy any person at any time of the day or night, regardless of whether the animal is situated upon private property.
B. 
No person shall operate or permit to be operated any type of vehicle, machinery, appliance, equipment or hand tool which emits noise beyond the boundary of the property upon which said machinery, appliance, equipment or hand tool is being operated or used between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Sundays and national holidays) local time.
C. 
No garbage/recycling trucks shall be permitted to pick up trash/recycling material within the Borough between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Sundays and national holidays).
D. 
No person shall use or permit the use of an automobile horn between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Sundays and national holidays), except in the case of emergency situations.
E. 
No person shall operate, play or permit the operation or playing of any radio, television, stereo, musical instrument, sound amplifier, or similar type of device which creates, reproduces or amplifies sound:
(1) 
In such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance; or
(2) 
In such manner which is plainly audible at a distance of, at least, 25 feet from such source, when the source is operated in, from or on a motor vehicle or hand carried.
F. 
No person shall load, open, close or otherwise handle boxes, crates, containers, building materials, garbage cans or other objects between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across a residential lot line.
G. 
No person shall remove or render inoperative, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair, replacement or other work, any muffler or sound dissipating device or element of design or noise label of any product.
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No person shall operate a motorcycle, truck, automobile or other motor vehicle in such a manner as to cause or create a noise disturbance. This prohibition is intended to include and encompass alarm devices on said motor vehicles.
I. 
No person shall make, continue, or cause to be made or continued any noise which creates or causes a noise disturbance.
[Ord. 2058, 2/9/2009, § 4]
The following uses and activities shall be exempt from the noise regulations of this Part:
A. 
Noise of safety signals, warning devices, emergency pressure relief values, or other sound needed to alert people about an emergency.
B. 
Noise resulting from any authorized emergency vehicle when responding to an emergency all or from any source acting in time of emergency.
C. 
Noise resulting from the performance of emergency work or by the ordinary and accepted use of emergency apparatus and equipment.
D. 
Noise resulting from public festivals, celebrations, lawful fireworks and noise-makers, when permitted by the Borough or use for celebration of an official holiday authorized by the Borough, Commonwealth or Federal Government.
E. 
Un-amplified human voices between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
F. 
Routine and customary ringing of bells and chimes by a place of worship.
G. 
Noise resulting from any official Borough, school district or private school athletic, recreational or other such outdoor activity.
H. 
A snow plow in operation or other snow removal equipment operated within the manufacture's specifications and with all standard noise reducing equipment in use, unmodified and in proper operating condition.
I. 
Blasting, only if performed in accordance with a permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Borough or any other governmental agency having jurisdiction. Such blasting may occur only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless specifically authorized at different time by the appropriate permit.
J. 
Any train or aircraft operating pursuant to Commonwealth or Federal regulations.
K. 
The provision, repair and maintenance of municipal facilities, services or public utilities.
L. 
Appliances, lawn and garden equipment or household power tools in use between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., provided such are operated within the manufacturer's specifications and with all standard noise-reducing equipment and use, unmodified and in proper operating condition.
M. 
Activities authorized by Borough permit as provided herein and activities conducted in accordance with the conditions of the permit for use of public property or the public rights-of-way approved by the Borough.
[Ord. 2058, 2/9/2009, § 5]
1. 
Any Borough law or code enforcement officer may issue an order requiring the immediate abatement of any source of sound in violation of this Part. The order may be verbal or in writing. If written, the owner or operator of the subject property or equipment shall be notified of the violation upon hand or certified mail delivery of the order, which shall specify the nature, date and time of the code violation and shall set forth the date and time by which the violation must be abated, which date and time shall not be more than 72 hours from the time of notification. If a person or entity does not comply with the written or verbal abatement order upon its issuance within the time specified in the order, a summary citation may be issued for such violation.
2. 
Any person or business entity who shall violate any of the provisions of this Part shall, upon summary conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of such fine and costs by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 30 days. Each violation of any of the provisions of this Part shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense, and each day that a violation continues beyond the time limits set forth in the abatement order shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.
[Ord. 2058, 2/9/2009, § 6]
A temporary waiver from strict compliance with this Part may be granted for:
A. 
Emergencies as determined by the Borough Manager to protect the health, safety and welfare or to comply with other laws, regulations, or ordinances; and
B. 
Special events as approved by Borough Council or its designee, upon the filing of a written request with the Borough Manager, together with such information as the Borough may reasonably require to determine whether such relief is appropriate.