[CC 1977 §22-2; Ord. No. 1052 §1, 9-18-1974]
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others within the limits of the City.
[CC 1977 §22-3; Ord. No. 1052 §2(A) — (N), 9-18-1974; Ord. No. 2551 §1, 11-9-1998; Ord. No. 3039 §§1 — 2, 6-16-2008]
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this Chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:
Horns, signaling devices, etc. The sounding of any horn or signaling device in any automobile, motorcycle, streetcar or other vehicle on any street or public place of the City, except as a danger warning; the creation by means of any such signaling devices of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; and the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time. The use of any signaling device except one operated by hand or electricity; the use of any horn, whistle or other device operated by engine exhaust; and the use of any such signaling device when traffic is for any reason held up.
Radios, stereos, etc. Playing, using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, tape recorder, cassette player, MP3 player, musical instrument or other device for receiving broadcast sound, producing musical sound or reproducing recorded sound if the device is located in any motor vehicle, residence, or other structure in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or with louder volume that is necessary for convenient hearing for the person or persons who are in the motor vehicle, residence, or other structure in which such machine, device, or instrument is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. The operation of any such radio, tape payer, cassette player, MP3 player, musical instrument or other device in such manner as to be plainly audible at distance of fifty (50) feet from the property line on which the noise is located, or in event noise-measuring devices or equipment is available, or becomes available, to measure the noise as against the ambient background noise, and the noise is twenty-five (25) decibels louder than the ambient background noise, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this Section. This Section will not apply to any person participating in a parade or public assembly for which a permit has been obtained from the City.
[Ord. 3302 §1, 2-2-2015]
Yelling, shouting, etc. 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 so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
Animals, birds, etc. The keeping of any animal which by causing frequent or long-continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any persons in the vicinity.
Steam whistles. The blowing of any locomotive steam whistle or steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler except to give notice of the time to begin or stop work or as a warning of fire or danger or upon request of proper City authorities.
Exhausts. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, internal combustion engine, motorboat or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom. The use of Jacobs Braking Systems (Jake Brakes) for emergency situations is not prohibited.
Noisy vehicles. 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.
Loading, unloading, opening boxes. The creation of loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.
Construction or repairing of buildings. The erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building other than between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. on weekdays, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety and then only with a permit from the Building Inspector, which permit may be granted for a period not to exceed three (3) days or less while the emergency continues and which permit may be renewed for periods of three (3) days or less while the emergency continues. If the Building Inspector should determine that the public health and safety will not be impaired by the erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building or the excavation of streets and highways within the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. and if he/she shall further determine that loss or inconvenience would result to any party in interest, he/she may grant permission for such work to be done within the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. upon application being made at the time the permit for the work is awarded or during the progress of the work.
Schools, courts, churches, hospitals. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court while the same are in use or adjacent to any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institution or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital, provided conspicuous signs are displayed in such street indicating that the same is a school, hospital or court street.
Hawkers, peddlers. The shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
Drums. The use of any drum or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance, show or sale.
Pile drivers, hammers, etc. The operation between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. of any pile driver, steam shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam or electric hoist or other appliance, the use of which is attended by loud or unusual noise except for emergency situations approved by the City Engineer.
Blowers. The operation of any noise-creating blower or power fan or any internal-combustion engine, the operation of which causes noise due to the explosion of operating gases or fluids, unless the noise from such blower or fan is muffled and such engine is equipped with a muffler device sufficient to deaden such noise.
Public works projects and related construction sites. The construction or excavation of any site other than between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. on weekdays and between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Saturdays, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety and then only with a permit from the Public Works Director, which permit may be granted for a period not to exceed three (3) days or less while the emergency continues and which permit may be renewed for periods of three (3) days or less while the emergency continues. If the Public Works Director should determine that the public health and safety will not be impaired by the construction or excavation within the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. and if he/she shall further determine that loss or inconvenience would result to any party in interest, he/she may grant permission for such work to be done within the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. upon application being made at the time the permit for the work is awarded or during the progress of the work.