Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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§ 401 Short Title.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
This Part 4 shall be known and shall be cited as the "Doylestown Borough Noise Control Ordinance."

§ 402 Definitions.

For purposes of this Part 4, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
ACOUSTICAL TERMINOLOGY
All acoustical terminology shall be interpreted in accordance with that contained in ANSI S1.1-1994 or latest approved revision, "Acoustical Terminology."
ANSI
American National Standards Institute, or its successors.
A-WEIGHTED SOUND LEVEL
A measure of sound pressure level designed to reflect the acuity of the human ear, which does not respond equally to all frequencies. The ear is less efficient at low and high frequencies than at medium or speech-range frequencies. Therefore, to describe a sound containing a wide range of frequencies in a manner representative of the ear's response, it is necessary to reduce the effects of the low and high frequencies with respect to the medium frequencies. The resultant sound level is said to be A-weighted, and the units are dBA. The A-weighted sound level is also called the "noise level." Sound level meters have an A-weighting network for measuring A-weighted sound level.
BOROUGH
Borough of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
That person appointed by the Borough of Doylestown to enforce this and other municipal ordinances, or such person's designee.
DBA
Unit of sound level. The weighted sound pressure level by the use of the A metering characteristic and weighting specified in ANSI Specifications for Sound Level Meters, S1.4A-1985 or latest approved revision. dBA is used as a measure of human response to sound.
DECIBEL
A unit of sound level, abbreviated dB.
NOISE
Any sound not occurring in the natural environment, including sounds emitted from residential, institutional, recreational, educational, business, office, commercial, service, industrial and accessory uses within the Borough by a person, animal, appliance, equipment, instrument or other device.
NOISE LEVEL
For airborne sound, unless specified to the contrary, it is the A-weighted sound level.
PERSON
Includes an individual, firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company, corporation or any other similar entity.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Doylestown Borough Police Department and any sworn member thereof.
PROPERTY
Any lot, tract, parcel of land or any building or other structure or improvement thereon or any other separate and legally definable area, including but not limited to leaseholds, condominiums, licenses and other areas of separate and lawful occupancy or control.
SOUND
An oscillation in pressure, stress, particle displacement, particle velocity, etc., in an elastic or partially elastic medium, or the superposition of such propagated alterations; an auditory sensation evoked by the oscillation described above (not all sound waves can evoke an auditory sensation: e.g., ultrasound).
SOUND LEVEL
The weighted sound pressure level obtained by the use of a sound level meter and frequency weighting network, such as A, B or C as specified in ANSI Specifications for Sound Level Meters, ANSI S1.4A-1985 or latest approved revision. If the frequency weighting employed is not indicated, the A-weighting is implied.
SOUND LEVEL METER
An instrument comprised of a microphone, amplifier, output meter, and frequency-weighting networks which is used as a sound level measurement system for the measurement of noise.
VEHICLE
Any device, or combination of devices, used for or capable of being used for the transportation of persons or property. Vehicles include, but are not limited to the following: motor vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, snowmobiles, scooters, all-terrain vehicles, go-carts, racers, life devices, farm machinery, industrial machinery, highway graders, trailers, graders, and semitrailers.

§ 403 Instrumentation.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
1. 
Approved Measurement Systems. The sound level measurement system to be used in the enforcement of this Part 4 shall meet or exceed the requirements of American National Standard Specifications for Sound Level Meters, ANSI S1.4A-1985 or latest approved revision, throughout the applicable frequency range for A Type S sound level meters which have the following:
A. 
A-weighting frequency response.
B. 
Fast dynamic characteristics of its indicating instrument.
C. 
A relative response level tolerance consistent with those of either a Type 1 or Type 2 sound level meter, as specified in Section 3.2 of ANSI S1.4A-1985 or latest approved revision.
2. 
Calibration. An approved sound level measurement system shall be checked periodically, but in no event less than once each year, to verify that its accuracy meets the design criteria of the manufacturer and, if necessary, shall be calibrated and appropriately adjusted to reflect such design criteria.

§ 404 Operation.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
The Zoning Officer, or his designee, who is charged with the enforcement of the provisions of this Chapter pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 27, Part 10, § 1001 hereof, shall operate any approved sound measurement system and sound level meter used in the enforcement of this section in accordance with the instructions provided by its manufacturer.

§ 405 Noise Limit.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
No person shall create or permit the creation of any noise nor operate nor cause the operation of any source of sound constituting noise on property owned, leased, occupied or otherwise controlled by such person which causes the sound level, when measured at or beyond the boundaries of such property, to exceed the noise levels specified below during the times indicated.
1. 
Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:59 p.m., prevailing time: 70 dBA.
2. 
Between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:59 a.m., prevailing time: 60 dBA.

§ 406 Exemptions.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
Noise emitted from the following sources shall be exempt from the noise level standards specified herein:
1. 
All safety signals and warning devices (e.g., intrusion alarms, back-up alarms on trucks; provided however that burglar alarms not terminating within 30 minutes after being activated shall not be exempted); authorized vehicles when responding to emergencies (e.g., police, fire, ambulance sirens or any other device used to alert persons to an emergency or used during the conduct of emergency operations.)
2. 
The provision, repair and maintenance of municipal services or public utilities.
3. 
Bells, chimes and carillons used for religious purposes or in conjunction with national celebrations or public holidays.
4. 
Appliances, lawn and garden equipment, chain saws, snow removal equipment and power tools in use between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, Monday through Saturday of each week and 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Sunday of each week; provided, however, that they are operated within the manufacturer's specifications and with all standard noise reducing equipment in use, unmodified, and in proper operating condition.
5. 
Construction equipment when being used on a specific short-term or temporary project (such as construction of a building; construction, repairing or cleaning a road; drilling a well; and other similar short-term construction, demolition or repair projects) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, Monday through Saturday of each week and 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Sunday of each week, for the duration of such short-term or temporary project; provided, however, that such construction equipment is operated within the manufacturer specifications and with all standard noise-reducing equipment in use, unmodified, and in proper operating condition.
6. 
Air conditioners, fans, heating units and similar comfort devices, manifestly designed and used solely for individual single-family dwelling units, provided such are operated within the manufacturer's specifications and with all standard noise reducing equipment in use, unmodified, and in proper operating condition.
7. 
Airplanes, helicopters, normal activities of properly licensed airports and trains operating on railroads.
8. 
Musical, recreational and athletic events conducted, sponsored or permitted by schools, local government, or community associations, community or village festivals, or events sponsored by nonprofit organizations.
9. 
Existing weapons firing ranges between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time.
10. 
All motor vehicles being operated on roads, streets and alleys open to the public within the Borough of Doylestown; provided, however, they are operated within the manufacturer's specifications and with all standard noise reducing equipment in use, unmodified, and in proper working condition and otherwise in compliance with the provisions of 67 Pa. Code § 157.11 relating to vehicular noise limits.
11. 
All farm-related operations and activities.
12. 
Any public event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to Chapter 13, Part 2, of the Doylestown Borough Code of Ordinances.
[Added by Ord. 2017-11, 7/17/2017]

§ 407 Enforcement.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
1. 
The Police Department and the Code Enforcement Officer are hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this Part 4.
2. 
Any emission of noise from any source which is in violation of the provisions of this Part 4 shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a nuisance and, in addition to the imposition of any fines or penalties herein provided, may be abated. It shall be lawful for the Code Enforcement Officer or any police officer who observes any violation of the provisions of this Part 4 to immediately abate such nuisance, and the failure of any person to obey an order of the Code Enforcement Officer or a police officer to comply with the provisions of this Part 4 shall, in addition to the fines or penalties provided for herein, subject such person to any other applicable criminal penalties as may be provided by law.

§ 408 Penalties.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Part 4 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.

§ 409 Repealer and Severability.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
All ordinances or parts of ordinances which are inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed. If any sentence, clause, section or part of this Part 4 is for any reason found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses, sections or parts of this Part 4. It is hereby declared as the intent of the Borough that this Part 4 would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid sentence, clause, section or part thereof not be included herein.

§ 410 Relationship With Other Restrictions.

[Ord. 2002-8, 9/23/2002, § 3]
The provisions of this section are not intended to interfere with, abrogate or annul other rules, regulations or ordinances, including Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. (Crimes Code) and Title 75 Pa.C.S.A. (Vehicle Code). If more stringent requirements for the regulation of noise are contained in other applicable statutes, rules, regulations or ordinances, the more stringent requirements shall apply.