Township of Mendham, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mendham as Sec. 3-2 of the 1998 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction hours; use of power equipment — See Ch. 131.

§ 229-1 Noise prohibited.

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.

§ 229-2 Definition of noise.

A. 
Without intending to limit the generality of § 229-1, the following acts are hereby declared to be examples of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in violation of this chapter:
(1) 
Radios; televisions; audio equipment. The playing, use or operation of any radio receiving set, television, musical instrument, audio equipment 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, audio equipment, 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 chapter.
(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 any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle except when required by law, or when necessary to given 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.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection g, Construction or repair, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 11-8-2004 by Ord. No. 20-2004. See now Ch. 131, Construction Hours; Use of Power Equipment.
(7) 
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.
B. 
The above enumeration is intended to give typical illustrations of prohibited noise and shall not be construed as exclusive.

§ 229-3 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, when duly authorized.

§ 229-4 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 the Township before 9:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m.
B. 
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.
C. 
Stationary sound trucks are prohibited in the Township.