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Noise Regulations

Noise Regulations depend on what is causing the noise.

Section 215.310 Public Disturbance Noises.

[Ord. No. 5349 § 1, 12-19-2016]

A. No person shall cause, nor shall any person in possession of property allow to originate from the property, sound that is a public disturbance noise. The following sounds are hereby determined to be public disturbance noises:

  1. Frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds made by any animal which unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace, comfort and repose of property owners or possessors except that such sounds made in animal shelters or commercial kennels, veterinary hospitals, pet shops or pet kennels licensed under and in compliance with the provisions of the Code of Ordinances shall be exempt from this Subsection; provided, that notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, if the owner or other person having custody of the animal cannot, with reasonable inquiry, be located by the investigating officer or if the animal is a repeated violator of this Subsection, the animal may be impounded;
  2. The frequent, repetitive or continuous sounding of any horn or siren attached to a motor vehicle, except as a warning of danger or as specifically permitted or required by law;
  3. The creation of frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds in connection with the starting, operation, repair, rebuilding or resting of any motor vehicle, motorcycle, off-highway vehicle or internal combustion engine, within a residential district, so as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace, comfort and repose of owners or possessors of real property;
  4. The use of a sound amplifier or other device capable of producing or reproducing amplified sound upon public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or sales or for attracting the attention of the public to any vehicle, structure or property or the contents therein, except as permitted by law.
  5. The making of any loud or raucous sound within one thousand (1,000) feet of any school, hospital, sanitarium, nursing or convalescent facility;
  6. The creation by use of a musical instrument, whistle, sound amplifier or other device capable of producing or reproducing sound, of loud or raucous sounds which emanate frequently, repetitively or continuously from any building, structure or property located within the City, such as sounds originating from a band session or social gathering and without limiting the foregoing, any loud or raucous sounds from social gatherings between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.;
  7. The erection (including excavating), demolition, alteration or repair of any building or structure other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekends, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public safety and then only with a permit from the Director of Community Development and Public Works for a period not to exceed three (3) days which, however, may be renewed for like or less periods while the emergency continues;
  8. The operation of any lawn mower, lawn care equipment, chain saw, wood chipper, stump grinder, leaf blower, or similar type of powered device before 7:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. on weekends, except that the use of electricity generators during extended power outages and equipment used in the care and maintenance of the City Golf Course shall not be subject to such restrictions.
  9. Any violation of Section 405.550(A)(2).

B. No sound source specifically exempted from a maximum permissible sound level by this Section shall be a public disturbance noise, insofar as the particular source is exempted.

C. The following sounds are exempt from the provisions of this Section at all times:

  1. Sounds originating from aircraft in flight;
  2. Sounds created by safety and protective devices, such as relief valves, where noise suppression would defeat the safety release intent of the device;
  3. Sounds created by fire alarms; and
  4. Sounds created by emergency equipment and emergency work necessary in the interest of law enforcement or of the health, safety or welfare of the community, including but not limited to snow removal and other equipment involved in clearing streets, parking lots and driveways.

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