Chapter 9.40


9.40.010    Restrictions on use of sound amplifying equipment and sound trucks.

9.40.060    Exceptions.

9.40.070    Violations.

9.40.080    Subsequent offense within forty-eight hours.


A.    No person shall use or cause to be used any sound amplifying device or equipment at any place in the city, whether on public property or private property, except in accordance with subsection B.

B.    Sound amplifying equipment and sound trucks:

1.    Shall only be used to produce music or human speech, or both;

2.    Shall not be emitted near hospitals, churches, schools, courthouses or city facilities in a manner that unreasonably disrupts, obstructs, impairs or interferes with the normal use and operation of such facilities for their intended purposes;

3.    Shall be operated at a volume of sound that is not be unreasonably loud, raucous, jarring, disturbing or a nuisance to reasonable persons of normal sensitiveness within the range of audibility, considering the factors set forth in Section 9.36.020(B);

4.    Shall be operated in a manner that directs sound, to the extent feasible, toward open unoccupied space and away from residential uses; and

5.    Shall not be used between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

(Ord. 2017-17 § 2 (part), 2017: Ord. 80-29 § 2, 1980; prior code § 4276).

9.40.060 EXCEPTIONS.

This chapter shall not be construed to apply to the use of sound amplifying equipment or devices under the following circumstances:

(a) Sound amplification equipment or devices used on privately owned property, whether indoors or outdoors, where the sound produced does not carry beyond the property line or does not unreasonably disturb any person outside the property where the sound is generated;

(b) Sound amplification equipment or devices used in conformity with an entertainment permit issued by the police department;

(c) Sound amplification equipment or devices used in conformity with a use permit under the provisions of Title 24;

(d) Radios, stereo systems, televisions and other, similar, audio equipment, wherever used, when the volume does not exceed the volume of normal conversational speech;

(e) Sound amplification equipment or devices used on emergency vehicles or by government employees in connection with any activity undertaken for the protection of the public health or safety;

(f) When a permit has been issued by the parks and recreation department for sound amplification in a city park.

(Ord. 2017-17 § 2 (part), 2017: Ord. 84-09 § 1, 1984: Ord. 80-29 § 2, 1980).

9.40.070 VIOLATIONS.

Any person who uses or causes to be used any sound amplifying equipment or device in violation of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of an infraction.

(Ord. 2017-17 § 2 (part), 2017: Ord. 80-29 § 2, 1980).


Any person who violates any section of this chapter and is cited for such a violation, and who within forty-eight hours after receiving such a citation again violates the same section, is guilty of a misdemeanor. A person is cited for a violation when he or she is issued and signs an infraction or misdemeanor citation, or when he or she is arrested and booked, or when a complaint is filed and the person is notified of the filing of such a complaint.

(Ord. 2017-17 § 2 (part), 2017: Ord. 80-29 § 2, 1980).