Charter Township of Oakland, MI
Oakland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Charter Township of Oakland 10-26-1999 by Ord. No. 84 (Ch. 6, Art. VI, of the 2007 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
False alarms — See Ch. 109.
Outdoor assemblies — See Ch. 122.
Mining operations — See Ch. 267.
Offenses — See Ch. 285.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 299.

§ 274-1 Noises prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person within the Township to make, continue or cause to be made or continued, any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, convenience, health, peace or safety of others, within the Township.

§ 274-2 Loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises enumerated.

The following acts are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter:
A. 
Vehicle horns, signaling devices. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, or other vehicle on any street or public place of the Township, except as a danger warning; the creation by means of any such signaling device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time; 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. Authorized emergency vehicles may use warning sounds.
B. 
Engine exhausts. The discharge into the open air within the Township of the exhaust of any steam engine, gasoline engine, stationary internal combustion engine, or other kind or type of engine, motor boat, or motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
C. 
Defect in vehicle or load. The use within the Township of any wagon, cart, automobile, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle, so out of repair or loaded in such manner or with material of such nature as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noises.
D. 
Loading, unloading; opening boxes. The creation within the Township of loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading of any vehicle, or the opening or destruction of bales, boxes, crates, containers, or the like, without exercising reasonable care to limit such noise and to confine the same.
E. 
Construction, repairing of buildings. The creation (including excavating), demolition, alteration or repair of any building within the Township, other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 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 Township Supervisor.
F. 
Drums. The use within the Township of any drum or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention, by the creation of noise, to any place of business or entertainment or place of public assembly.
G. 
Piledrivers, hammers. The operation within the Township between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any piledriver, power shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick or hoist, or other appliance, the use of which is attended by loud or unusual noises.
H. 
Blowers. The operation within the Township of any noise-creating blower or power fan, the operation of which causes loud disturbing noise, unless such blower or fan is muffled to deaden such noise.
I. 
Vehicle sound systems. A motor vehicle containing a radio, stereo, disc player, speakers or other similar equipment that is emitting noise on a public street, highway, road, publicly patrolled parking lot, driveway, or other public place at or with a level, volume, intensity, frequency or other attribute so that it is perceptible at a distance of 50 feet or more either by hearing the noise by the human ear or by feeling the noise in the form of vibrations associated therewith. This provision shall be applicable to noise or sound transmitted by persons with such equipment in or on a vehicle while operated or while parked. The operator of the vehicle shall be presumed to be in control of the noise or sound. This provision shall not be applicable to noise or sound emanating from emergency vehicles, publicly owned vehicles, and publicly sponsored or publicly permitted concerts, sporting events, activities, events or gatherings.
J. 
Radios, phonographs, etc. The playing, using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, stereo, musical instrument, phonograph, tape player, disc player, television, speaker, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. from Sunday evening through Friday morning, and between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. from Friday evening through Sunday morning and on those evenings preceding holidays as established by ordinance, loud enough to be clearly heard 50 feet from the boundary of the property on which the sound is produced or reproduced. This provision shall not be applicable to noise or sound emanating from publicly sponsored or publicly permitted concerts, sporting events, activities, events or gatherings.
K. 
Schools, courts, churches and hospitals. The creation within the Township of any excessive noise in the vicinity of any school, institution of learning, church, court or hospital, while the same is in use, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institution, or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital, provided conspicuous signs are displayed at or near such buildings indicating that the same is a school, hospital, court or church.
L. 
Hawkers, peddlers. The shouting and crying within the Township of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
M. 
Yelling, shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, or singing on the public streets of the Township, 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 peace, quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence or of persons in the vicinity, within the limits of this Township.
N. 
Animals, birds. The keeping of any animal or bird enclosed or tied up in any yard, enclosure, stable, or other place within the Township which, by frequently repeated barking, howling, crying, singing or other sound causes frequent or long continued noise so as to annoy or disturb the peace, quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence or of persons in the vicinity, within the limits of the Township.

§ 274-3 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who shall violate the provisions of this chapter shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction, and subject to a civil fine as set forth in Chapter 1, Article I, Definitions; General Penalty, of the Code of the Charter Township of Oakland. In addition to ordering a person determined to be responsible for a municipal civil infraction to pay a civil fine, costs, damages and expenses, the Judge or Magistrate shall be authorized to issue any judgment, writ or order necessary to enforce or enjoin violation of this chapter. Each act of violation, and on each day which any such violation shall occur, shall constitute a separate offense.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).