Noise Ordinance (excerpts)
Prohibiting conducting and participating in noisy parties or gatherings.
Prohibited acts. No person may congregate because of, conduct or participate in any party or gathering of people from which noise emanates of a sufficient volume or of such nature to disturb the peace, quiet or repose of other persons.
Refusal to disperse; violation. A police officer may order all persons present other than the owners or tenants of the building or place to immediately disperse. Any person who refuses to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer is guilty of violating this section.
Abatement; violation. Any person or tenant of the building or place who has knowledge of the disturbance and fails to immediately abate the disturbance is guilty of violating this section.
(Code 1980, § 38.02)
Prohibited noises made by sound producing or reproducing equipment. No person shall use or operate or permit the use or operation of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, paging system, machine or other device for the production or reproduction of sound in a distinctly and loudly audible manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of any person nearby. This includes operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, machine or other device between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. in such a manner as to be plainly audible at the property line of the structure or building in which it is located, in the hallway or apartment adjacent, or at a distance of 50 feet if the source is located outside a structure or building.
Hourly restriction on certain operations. Certain operations shall be restricted during certain hours as follows:
(1) Recreational vehicles. No person may, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., drive or operate any minibike, snowmobile or other recreational vehicle not licensed for travel on public highways, in such a manner that it is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from its source.
(2) Domestic power equipment. No person may operate a power lawn mower, power hedge clipper, chain saw, mulcher, garden tiller, edger, drill or other similar domestic power maintenance equipment except between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on any weekday or between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on any weekend or holiday. Snow removal equipment is exempt from this subsection.
(3) Construction activities. No person may engage in or permit construction activities involving the use of any kind of electric, diesel or gas-powered machine or other power equipment except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on any weekday or between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on any weekend or holiday.
Receiving land use standards; maximum noise levels. No person may operate or cause or permit to be operated any source of noise in such a manner as to create a noise level exceeding the limit set in Table I for the receiving land use category specified when measured at or within the property line of receiving land use.
Table I. Sound Levels by Receiving Land Use Districts.
For noise relative to period less than L-10 Standard, the following conditions apply: No indoor sound level shall be raised more than six dbc over existing background, and no outdoor sound level shall be raised more than ten dbc over existing background noise level. The limits of the most restrictive district shall apply at the boundaries between the different land use categories. The determination of land use shall be by its zoned designation.
New multiple dwelling construction. New multiple dwelling construction may have a sound transmission class (STC) designed to 50; field measurable to 45; and impact isolation class designed to 50; field measurable to 45, in addition to meeting requirements of the state uniform building code.