Noise Ordinance


(A)   No person shall make or assist in making any noise tending to unreasonably disturb the peace and quiet of persons in the vicinity thereof unless the making and continuing of the same cannot be prevented and is necessary for the protection or preservation of property or of the health, safety or limb of some person.

(B)   No person owning, occupying or having charge of any building or premises, or any part thereof, shall cause, suffer or allow any loud, excessive or unusual noise in the operation or use of any radio, phonograph, or other mechanical or electrical sound making or reproducing devise, instrument or machine, which loud, excessive or unusual noise shall disturb the comfort, quiet or repose of persons therein or in the vicinity.

(C)   No person shall use or operate, or cause to be used or operated in any public street or place, or from any aircraft, or in front of or outside of any building, place or premises, or in or through any window, doorway or opening of such building, place or premises, abutting or adjacent to any public street or place, any devise, apparatus or instrument for the amplification of the human voice or any sound or noise, or other sound making or sound reproducing device, without a written permit from the Chief of Police or in his absence the Mayor.

(D)   No person owning, operating, having charge of, or occupying any building or premises shall keep or allow to be kept any animal or bird which shall by any noise disturb the peace or quiet of any person in the vicinity thereof.  However, any commercial or industrial business, which as part of its business boards dogs or cats and is located in a district zoned G-1 Institutional or I-1 Light Industrial, shall be exempt from this division (D).

(E)   No person shall make or cause to be made for the purpose of advertising or announcing his vocation or presence or in connection with the buying or selling of any goods, wares, merchandise, services, or anything whatsoever, or with the carrying on of any trade, occupation, vocation or profit making activity, and immoderate or excessive use of the voice, or of any bell, gong, horn, instrument, article or device.  The violation of this division in connection with any license or permit shall be cause for the revocation thereof.

(F)   It shall be unlawful to operate or cause to be operated any noise creating blower or power fan, internal combustion engine, air compressor or steam engine, the operation of which causes noises due to the explosion of operating gases or fluids unless the noise from such blower or fan is muffled and such engine or compressor is equipped with a muffler device sufficient to deaden such noises so that the same shall not cause annoyance to the public or disturb the rest and quiet of persons residing or occupying property near enough thereto to be annoyed thereby.

(G)   No person shall carry on or permit to be carried on any business or occupation in such a manner as to create unnecessary noise.

(Ord. 136, passed 2-6-40; Am. Ord. 911, passed 12-19-06)  Penalty, see § 13.1.99



In order to preserve the peace, quiet and safety of the people of the City, no person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle in such a manner as to cause the tires of said motor vehicle to squeal unreasonably or as to cause the engine, intake manifold, or exhaust system of said motor vehicle to make an unreasonably loud sound.  An unreasonably loud noise is a sound that can be clearly heard at a distance of 75 feet or more.

(Ord. 377, passed 4-5-73)  Penalty, see § 1.1.99