[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Rock Hall during codification 8-10-1979 by Ord. No. 79-14 (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 9-9-1999 by Ord. No. 99-03]
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 endangers the health, safety or welfare of the community.
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any noise, the type and/or volume of which is intolerable to a reasonable person or injures or endangers the comfort, rest, health, peace or safety of others within the Town of Rock Hall.
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, unnecessary, disturbing and a danger to the health, safety and welfare of the community and its people, in violation of § 155-1 but the enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
Using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, television, hi-fi, stereo, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of any persons in the vicinity. Any person who causes the production of said sound through the operation of the machines or devices enumerated herein may be deemed a violator of this chapter.
[Amended 3-2-1994 by Ord. No. 93-7A; 9-9-1999 by Ord. No. 99-03]
Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing or the making of loud and disturbing noises by the use of clappers, bells, horns, musical instruments or similar devices at any time or place so as to unreasonably disturb the quiet, comfort or rest of any reasonable person in any residence, hospital, school, place of business, street or public place.
[Amended 9-9-1999 by Ord. No. 99-03]
The keeping of any animal or bird which by causing frequent or long-continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any persons in the vicinity.
The use of any automobile, motorcycle, truck or vehicle so out of repair or loaded or operated in such a manner as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
The creation of loud and excessive noises in connection with the loading or unloading of any vehicle or the operating and distraction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.
The operation or use of any power lawn mower, chain saw, fence post driller or the like between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Any of the following activities when occurring in close proximity to residences between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.: the warming up or idling of buses, trucks or tractors and the unnecessary or unreasonable or repeated idling, acceleration and deceleration or starting and stopping of automobiles and motorcycles.
Using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier, tape recorder or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound which is left upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or for any other purpose except as authorized by the government or in public emergencies, provided that such devices may be employed in connection with nonprofit charitable, educational, civic, religious or recreational activities in accordance with permits first obtained therefor from the Chief of Police pursuant to § 155-3 hereof.
Outdoor concerts, except in accordance with permits first obtained therefor from the Chief of Police pursuant to § 155-3 hereof.
The excavation, grading, paving, erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any premises, street, building or structure at any time on Sundays or other than between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays or between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on all other days, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, and, if the nature of the emergency will admit the prior procurement of a permit, then only in accordance with a permit first obtained from the Town Engineer as to public street work or from the Town Building Inspector as to other work, pursuant to § 155-3 hereof. Such a permit may be granted for a period not to exceed three days or less while the emergency continues. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Mayor and Council or Building Inspector, as the case may be, shall determine that the public health and safety will not be impaired by such work within the prohibited hours and that loss or inconvenience would result to any party in interest, he may grant permission for such work to be done within the prohibited hours upon application being made at the time the permit for the work is issued or during the progress of the work. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to interior or exterior repairs or to interior alterations, the work for which is actually performed by a homeowner or occupant personally, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. upon residential premises that are owned by such occupant, provided that the work shall be done without undue noise or disturbance of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
The creation of any excessive noise on any street or property adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court while the same is in use or adjacent to any hospital which unreasonably interferes with the working of such institution or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital.
The officer charged with the responsibility of issuing permits for the activities requiring permits in accordance with § 155-2 hereof shall issue permits for such activities if such officer shall find that the activities will not unduly or unnecessarily annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, that the activities will not violate any other ordinance or law or create a public nuisance and that the public health and safety will not be endangered thereby.
Permits shall specify the dates and hours of the permitted activities, which shall not be allowed between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. unless the issuing officer shall determine that it is in the best interest of the community that the activities take place wholly or partially during such hours.
An applicant for a permit hereunder shall have the right to appeal to the Mayor and Council from the denial of the permit by the issuing officer. Such appeal shall be taken by filing a written notice of appeal addressed to the Mayor and Council. Such notice shall be filed within three days after the issuing officer shall have notified the applicant of the denial of the permit. The Mayor and Council shall act upon the appeal as soon as practicable after receiving the notice thereof and shall give the applicant an opportunity to be heard before taking action. The Mayor and Council may affirm the issuing officer's denial of the permit or may grant the permit with modifications or conditions.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to apply to church bells or chimes nor to the playing of bands or orchestras in a hall or building in a manner which will not annoy the peace, comfort and quiet of the neighboring inhabitants nor to municipal, county, state or federal government agencies in connection with any emergency nor to normal working activities of or activities sponsored by the Mayor and Council nor to warning devices on other vehicles used only for traffic safety purposes.
In addition to the public, law enforcement officers and others who by the law are entitled to enforce or bring complaints under this chapter, the officers who are designated hereunder for the issuance of permits shall have the power to enforce and bring complaints under this chapter.
[Amended 5-5-1994 by Ord. No. 94-4]
Violations of this chapter shall be punishable as a municipal infraction. Violators shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100. Repeat offenders may be assessed a fine not to exceed $200 for each repeat offense.
[Added 9-9-1999 by Ord. No. 99-03]
This chapter shall be known and cited as "The Rock Hall Noise Ordinance."