CHAPTER 15. OFFENSES--MISCELLANEOUS.
Sec. 15-26. Loud, unnecessary, etc., noises prohibited; enumeration of such noises.
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 city.
The following acts, among
others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation
of this section, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive,
(a) Motor Noises. Any noise made by the motor of any automobile,
truck, tractor or motorcycle, not reasonably required in the operation thereof
under the circumstances and shall include but not be limited to backfiring and
(b) Horns and Signaling Devices. The sounding of any horn or
signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, trolley coach or other vehicle
on any street or public place of the city, except as a danger warning; the
creation by means of any such signaling device of any unreasonably loud or harsh
sound and the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable
period of time. The use of any signaling device except one operated by hand or
electricity; the use of any horn, whistle or any other device operated by engine
exhaust and the use of any such signaling device when traffic is for any reason
(c) Yelling and Shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling,
singing or blowing of horns on the public streets, particularly between the
hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M., or 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, apartment or other type of residence, or of any persons in the
(d) Construction or Repairing of Buildings. The erection
(including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building other
than between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and between 9:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Sunday,
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 a period 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
within the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. on weekdays and 6:00 P.M. and 9:00
A.M. on Sundays, 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 within the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. on weekdays and 6:00 P.M.
and 9:00 A.M. on Sundays, upon application being made at the time the permit for
the work is awarded or during the progress of the work.
(e) Pile Drivers,
Hammers, Etc. The operation between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. of any
pile driver, steamshovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam and electric hoist or
other appliance, the use of which is attended by loud or unusual
(f) Tools. The use of or operation between the hours of 10:00 P.M.
and 7:00 A.M. of any power saw, power planer or other powered tool or appliance
or saw or hammer, or other tool, so as to disturb the quiet, comfort or repose
of persons in any dwelling, hotel, apartment or other type of residence, or of
any person in the vicinity.
(g) Blowers. The operating of any noise-creating
blower or power fan or any internal combustion engine the operation of which
causes noise due to the explosion of operating gases or fluids unless the noise
from such blower or fan is muffled and such engine is equipped with a muffler
device sufficient to deaden such noise.
(h) The operation of any type of
suction sweeper or cleaner between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M., the
use of which is attended by loud or unusual noise which disturbs the quiet,
comfort or repose of persons in any dwelling, hotel, apartment or other type of
residence, or of any person in the vicinity.
(i) Exhausts. The discharge
into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal
combustion engine, motor boat or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other
device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises
(j) Hawkers, Peddlers and Vendors. The shouting and crying of
peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturb the peace and quiet of persons in
(k) The use of any drum or other instrument or device for
the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance,
show or sale.
(l) Animals, Birds, Fowl. The keeping of any animal, fowl or
bird which by causing frequent or long continual noise shall disturb the comfort
or repose of persons in the vicinity.
(1) Permit Required. It shall be
unlawful for any person to broadcast from a radio, phonograph or similar
instrument, using voice or sound amplifiers, either into a public thoroughfare
from a fixed location, from a movable vehicle or in connection with any public
celebration or public function on public holidays or in connection with the
broadcast of events of interest to the general public without first obtaining a
permit from the chief of police.
(2) Hours of Operation. It shall be
unlawful for any person including any service club, church, school and other
nonprofit organizations to have in operation or permit to be in operation any
loudspeaker or sound-amplifying device or radio, television or musical
instrument between the hours of 10:30 P.M., of any day and 10:00 A.M. the
following day. (Ord. No. 673, § 1.)