Town of Charlestown, RI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown 8-14-1979 as Secs. 8-4 and 8-5 of the Code of Ordinances, amended in its entirety 6-21-2004 by Ord. No. 259. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dance halls — See Ch. 98.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 103.
Entertainments — See Ch. 108.
Parks, beaches and recreation areas — See Ch. 158.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 162.
The Town Council finds and declares that:
A. 
Excessive noise is a serious hazard to the public health and welfare and quality of life in the town.
B. 
Each person has a right to an environment reasonably free from noise, which jeopardizes health or welfare or unnecessarily degrades the quality of life.
C. 
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards for the control of noise pollution in the town to protect the public health, safety and general welfare.
D. 
This chapter may be cited as the "Noise Control Ordinance of the Town of "Charlestown."
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CONSTRUCTION
Any and all outside activity necessary or incidental to the erection, assembling, altering, installing, repair or equipping of buildings, roadways, infrastructure, or utilities including drilling, blasting, mining, land clearing, grading, excavating and filling.
DEMOLITION
Any dismantling, intentional destruction or removal of structures, infrastructure, utilities, public or private right-of-way surfaces, or similar property.
NOISE DISTURBANCE
Any use, process, operation, operative or activity, which causes or creates noise which exceeds reasonable persons' standard for loudness, duration or repetitiveness.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT
Engine- or motor-powered tools and equipment used occasionally in the repair and upkeep of exterior property and including, but not limited to, lawn mowers, riding tractors, power saws and leaf blower, which are used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
Lawn care and grounds maintenance using the appropriate property maintenance equipment.
A. 
Construction/demolition:
(1) 
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(2) 
Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
B. 
Property maintenance:
(1) 
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(2) 
Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
The operation of snow removal equipment at any time provided that such equipment shall be maintained in good repair so as to minimize noise. Noise discharged from exhausts shall be adequately muffled so as to prevent loud and/or explosive sounds.
B. 
All agricultural activities.
C. 
Public emergency activities required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizenry.
D. 
The emission of sound from municipally sponsored, approved or licensed celebrations, events, or activities.
A. 
Sales by "hawking" or "barking." No person shall create a noise disturbance by offering for sale or selling anything by shouting or outcry across a real property boundary.
B. 
Vehicle or watercraft repairs or testing. No person shall repair, rebuild, modify or test any motor vehicle, motorcycle or watercraft in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance across a real property boundary.
C. 
Musical instruments and similar devices. No person shall operate, play or permit the operation or playing of any drum, musical instrument or similar device, which produces sound in such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across a residential real property boundary.
D. 
Sound equipment and amplifying devices. No person shall operate, play or permit the operation or playing of any radio, television, phonograph, cd or other electronic sound-amplifying equipment or devices, in a motor vehicle, on a motorcycle, on a watercraft, in a building or outdoors so as to create a noise disturbance.
E. 
Animals and birds. No person shall own, possess or harbor any animal or bird which frequently or for a continued duration emits sound that is native to the species, which sound causes a noise disturbance.
A. 
This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department. Violators shall be prosecuted by the Chief of Police of the Town of Charlestown or his/her designee by issuance of a summons in the Municipal Court.
[Amended 8-20-2012 by Ord. No. 352]
B. 
Whenever a violation of this chapter occurs and two or more persons are present in or on the lot from which the sound emanates, and it is impossible to determine which of such persons is the violator, the owner of the lot, if present, shall be presumed responsible for the violation. In the absence of such owner, the tenant or tenants of such lot or any person present shall be held responsible for the violation.
C. 
An action for injunctive relief against the owner and/or tenant of the lot may be brought in the case of continuing violations and the owner of the property shall be notified.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be subject to a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a first offense and a fine of not more than two hundred doddars ($200.00) for the second and each subsequent offense.