Chapter 9.18
NOISE REGULATIONS

Sections:

9.18.010    Public disturbance noises prohibited.

9.18.020    Exclusion.

9.18.030    Penalty.

9.18.010 Public disturbance noises prohibited.

A.    General Prohibition. It is unlawful for any person to cause, or for any person in possession of property to allow to originate from the property, sound that is a public disturbance noise.

B.    Public Disturbances. The following sounds are public disturbance noises in violation of this chapter:

1.    The frequent, repetitive or continuous sounding of any horn or siren attached to a motor vehicle, except as a warning of danger or as specifically permitted or required by law.

2.    The creation of frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds in connection with the starting, operation, repair, rebuilding or testing of any motor vehicle, motorcycle, off-highway vehicle or internal combustion engine within a residential district, so as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace and comfort of owners or possessors of real property.

3.    Yelling, shouting, whistling or singing on or near public streets, particularly between the hours of ten p.m. and eight a.m. or at any time and place as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace and comfort of owners or possessors of real property.

4.    The creation of frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds which emanate from any building, structure, apartment or condominium, which unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace and comfort of owners or possessors of real property, such as sounds from musical instruments, audio sound systems, band sessions or social gatherings.

5.    Sound from motor vehicle audio sound systems, such as tape players, radios and compact disc players, operated at a volume so as to be audible greater than fifty feet from the vehicle itself.

6.    Sound from audio equipment, such as loud speakers, amplification equipment, tape players, radios and compact disc players, operated at a volume so as to be audible greater than fifty feet from the source and not operated upon the property of the operator or with the knowledge, permission or consent of the owner or legal occupant of the property, and if operated on the property of the operator or with the knowledge, permission or consent of the owner or legal occupant of the property, then so as to be audible greater than fifty feet from the boundary of the property. For the purposes hereof, any sound, music or other noise emanating from fixed or portable audio equipment of or in a business shall be presumed to be with the knowledge, permission or consent of the owner or legal occupant of the property, which presumption may be rebutted by reasonable evidence to the contrary.

7.    The squealing, screeching or other such sounds from motor vehicle tires in contact with the ground or other roadway surface because of rapid acceleration, braking or excessive speed around corners or because of such other reason; provided, that sounds which result from actions which are necessary to avoid danger shall be exempt from this section.

8.    Sounds originating from construction sites, including but not limited to sounds from construction equipment, power tools and hammering between the hours of ten p.m. and seven a.m. on weekdays and ten p.m. and nine a.m. on weekends.

9.    Sounds originating from residential property relating to temporary projects for the maintenance or repair of homes, grounds and appurtenances, including but not limited to sounds from lawnmowers, powered hand tools, snow removal equipment and composters between the hours of ten p.m. and seven a.m. on weekdays and ten p.m. and nine a.m. on weekends. (Ord. 1681-0806 § 1 (part), 2006)

9.18.020 Exclusion.

This chapter shall not apply to community events such as parades or regularly scheduled events at parks, such as public address systems for sports games or park concerts between the hours of nine a.m. and eleven p.m. This chapter shall not apply to fireworks lawfully discharged within the city or to any public project on a public facility or public road within the city of Shelton. (Ord. 1681-0806 § 1 (part), 2006)

9.18.030 Penalty.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, the maximum penalty for which shall be ninety days in jail or a fine of one thousand dollars or both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 1681-0806 § 1 (part), 2006)