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Township of Washington, NJ
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Chapter 147. NOISE

§ 147-1. Noise restricted.

It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual 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 Township of Washington.

§ 147-2. Prohibited acts or noises.

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:
A. 
Horns, signaling devices, etc. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle, except as a danger warning; the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time; the use of any horn, whistle or other sounding device operated by engine exhaust; the use of any such signaling device when traffic is for any reason held up.
B. 
Radios, phonographs, etc. The playing or permitting to be played of any radio, television, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of persons off the premises where the same is played or with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing upon such premises. The operation of any such machine or device between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the premises in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
C. 
Loudspeakers or amplifiers for advertising. The playing or permitting to be played of any radio, television, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound which is cast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting the attention of the public to any building or structure, except when lawful permission has been granted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington or by some person acting under its authority.
D. 
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 person in the vicinity.
E. 
Animals, birds, etc. The keeping of any animal or bird which by causing frequent or long-continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity.
F. 
Steam whistles. The blowing of any 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 Township authorities.
G. 
Exhausts. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal-combustion engine, motorboat or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
H. 
Defect in vehicle or load. 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.
I. 
Construction or repairing of buildings. The erection (including excavating), demolition, alteration or repair of any building or the excavation of streets and highways other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and sunset 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 days or less while the emergency continues and which permit may be renewed for periods of three 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 between the hours of sunset and 7:00 a.m., and if he shall further determine that loss or inconvenience would result to any party in interest, he may grant permission for such work to be done between the hours of sunset and 7:00 a.m. upon application's being made at the time the permit for the work is awarded or during the progress of the work.
J. 
Hawkers and peddlers. The shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Former § 38-3, Violations and penalties, which followed this section, was deleted 6-3-1985 by Ord. No. 85-5.
K. 
Vehicular activity. Vehicular activity involving the loading or unloading of trucks, the pickup or delivery of waste or recyclables and the operation of street sweeping equipment shall be prohibited between the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Such prohibition shall not apply to newspaper deliveries or United States Post Office activities.
[Added 2-26-2001 by Ord. No. 01-1]