Section 18-81 Unnecessary Noises Enumerated

It shall be unlawful for any person to create, or assist in creating, permit, continue, or permit the continuance of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in the town. Noise of such character, intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the life or health of any individual is prohibited. The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:

  1. The sounding of any horn or signal device or any device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle while not in motion, except as a danger signal if another vehicle is approaching apparently out of control, or if in motion only as a danger signal after or as brakes are being applied and deceleration of the vehicle is intended; the creation by means of any such signal device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; and the sounding of such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time.
  2. The use of any gong or siren upon any vehicle, other than police, fire or other emergency vehicle.
  3. The use or operation of any piano, manual or automatic, phonograph, radio, loudspeaker or any other instrument, or sound-amplifying devices so loudly as to disturb persons in the vicinity thereof, or in such a manner as renders the same a public nuisance; provided, however, that upon application to the mayor, permits may be granted to responsible organizations to produce programs in music, speeches or general entertainment.
  4. The keeping of any animal or bird which by causing frequent or long continued noise shall disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity.
  5. The use of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle so out of repair or so loaded in such manner as to create loud or unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
  6. 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 danger.
  7. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
  8. The use of any mechanical device operated by compressed air unless the noise created thereby is effectively muffled and reduced.
  9. The erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building in a residential or business district other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, except in the case of urgent necessity in the interest of public safety and then only with a permit from the building inspector, which permit may be renewed for a period of three days or less while the emergency continues.
  10. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, or court while the same are in session; or within 150 feet of any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the working of such institution; provided conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating that the street is a school, court or hospital street.
  11. The creation of any excessive noise on Sundays on any street adjacent to any church; provided conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets adjacent to churches indicating that the street is a church street.
  12. 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.
  13. The sounding of any bell or gong attached to any building or premises which disturbs the quiet or repose of persons in the vicinity thereof.
  14. The shouting and crying of peddlers, barkers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the quiet and peace of the neighborhood; or anyone shouting within the corporate limits so as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
  15. The use of any drum, loudspeaker or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance, show, sale or display of merchandise.
  16. The use of any mechanical loudspeakers or amplifiers on trucks or other moving vehicles for advertising purposes or other purposes except where specific license is received from the council.
  17. The conducting, operating or maintaining of any garage or filling station in any residential district, so as to cause loud or offensive noises to be emitted therefrom between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  18. The firing or discharging of a gun, squibs, crackers, gunpowder or other combustible substance in the streets or elsewhere for the purpose of making noise or disturbance, except by permit from the council.

(Code 1981, § 8-5001)