Chapter 9.20
OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE

Sections:

9.20.010    Unreasonable noise.

9.20.020    Discharge of weapons.

9.20.030    Lodging.

9.20.040    Obstructing passageways.

9.20.050    Fireworks prohibited.

9.20.010 Unreasonable noise.

No person shall create, or assist in creating, or permit the continuance of unreasonable noise which annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, safety or peace of others. The following acts are declared to be unreasonable noises in violation of this section, but the enumeration shall not be construed to be exclusive:

(1) The keeping of any bird or animal which by causing frequent or continued noise disturbs the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity.

(2) The attaching of any bell to any animal or allowing a bell to remain on any animal which is disturbing to any person in the vicinity.

(3) The use of any vehicle or engine, either stationary or moving, so operated as to create any loud or unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.

(4) The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any vehicle on any street, public or private place, except as a necessary warning of danger.

(5) 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, or upon request of proper city authorities.

(6) The use of any mechanical device operated by compressed air, steam or otherwise, unless the noise created is effectively muffled.

(7) The erection, including excavation, demolition, alteration, or repair of any building in residential districts, other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of the public welfare and safety, and then only with a permit issued by the city.

(8) The use of any gong or siren upon any vehicle, other than police, fire, or other emergency vehicle.

(9) The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court of justice while the same are in use, or adjacent to any hospital or institution for the care of the sick or infirm, which unreasonably interferes with the operation of the institution, or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients.

(10) The discharge in the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, internal combustion engine, motor boat or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises and the emission of annoying smoke.

(11) The use or operation of any device designed for sound production, amplification or reproduction, including but not limited to a radio, musical instrument, phonograph, television set, tape recorder, loud speaker or similar device, so loudly as to disturb persons within the vicinity. However, upon application to the council, permits may be granted to responsible persons or organizations for the broadcast or amplification of programs of music, news, speeches, or general entertainment as part of national, state or city events, public festivals or outstanding events of a noncommercial nature, when the broadcast or amplification will not be audible for a distance of more than 1,000 feet from the instrument, speaker or amplifier. No permit shall be granted where any obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic will result.

(12) The making of any noise by crying, calling or shouting, or by means of any whistle, rattle, bell, gong, clapper, horn, hammer, drum, musical instrument or other device for the purpose of advertising goods, wares or merchandise or by attracting attention or of inviting patronage of any person to any business. However, newspapers and magazines may be sold by public outcry.

(13) The conducting, operating or maintaining of any garage within 100 feet of any private residence, apartment, rooming house or hotel in a manner as to cause loud or offensive noises to be emitted between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

(14) The operation of exhaust brakes commonly known as Jacob Brakes. [Ord. 100 § 2, 1987].

9.20.020 Discharge of weapons.

(1) Except at firing ranges approved by the chief of police and the council, no person other than an authorized peace officer or animal control officer shall fire or discharge a gun or other weapon, including a spring or air actuated pellet gun, air gun or BB gun, bow and arrow, or any weapon which propels a projectile by use of gunpowder or other explosive, jet or rocket propulsion.

(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply to:

(a) The discharging of shotguns for the purpose of waterfowl hunting by licensed hunters during waterfowl hunting season is permitted in the area described as follows, which includes the dredged spoils islands east of the harbor line:

Beginning at a point at the mean high water line of the Isthmus Slough Channel near the northwest corner of Eastside, thence, East along the mean high water line of the Marshfield Channel to a line extending North from Harbor View Drive. Thence, South to a parallel line extending from the north edge of the city’s treatment lagoon; thence, East to the mean high water line of the Marshfield Channel. Thence, South along the mean high water line of the Marshfield Channel to the south line of Section 30, Township 25 South, Range 13 West, Willamette Meridian; thence, Easterly along the south line of said Section 30 to the city limits line extending along the mid channel of the Cooston Channel; thence, following the city limits line along the east shore of Coos Bay; thence, Westerly to the east harbor line established by the International Port of Coos Bay; thence, Southerly along the harbor line to a point on the harbor line established by the International Port of Coos Bay, which point is on the east side of the Coos Bay Channel and the north side of the Coos River Channel; thence, Southwesterly to the east side of the main channel of Coos Bay; thence, Southeasterly to the point of beginning.

(b) The discharging of a weapon by any person in the lawful defense or protection of his or her person, family or property. [Ord. 427 § 1, 2010; Ord. 100 § 3, 1987].

9.20.030 Lodging.

No person shall:

(1) Lodge in a car, outbuilding, or other place not intended for that purpose without permission of the owner or person entitled to its possession.

(2) Write or cause to be written in the register of any hotel, lodging house, motel, rooming house or other place offering accommodations any other or different name than the true name of such person or the name by which such person is generally known.

(3) Refuse to permit any law enforcement officer to review the current guest records or the guest records for any period of time within the past three years of any place offering overnight public accommodations for the purpose of determining as part of a criminal investigation whether a particular person or persons had been registered in the place of accommodation. [Ord. 100 § 5, 1987].

9.20.040 Obstructing passageways.

No person shall:

(1) Keep or leave open any cellar door or grating of any kind located in or upon any sidewalk except when the same is necessarily open during the immediate use thereof, and when being used the opening shall be properly guarded and protected.

(2) Lead, ride, tie, or fasten any animal other than those commonly known as household pets in such a manner as to permit it to remain on or go along any parking strip, sidewalk area or public pathway. [Ord. 100 § 6, 1987].

9.20.050 Fireworks prohibited.

(1) No person shall use or possess fireworks in, around, or upon any city park, city building, city parking lot or other city facility, specifically including the downtown boardwalk and the Empire boat ramp and fishing dock, except pursuant to an authorized permit for public display or otherwise approved for public purposes.

(2) “Fireworks” means any combustible or explosive composition or substance including, but not limited to, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheel colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, wheels, snakes or similar smoke-producing materials, and combination items. [Ord. 203 § 1, 1993].