Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 12-11-1963 by Ord. No. 501. Section 24-2 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 5.
Curfew — See Ch. 21.
False alarms — See Ch. 31.
Hunting and firearms — See Ch. 48.
Littering — See Ch. 53.

§ 24-1 Disorderly practices defined and prohibited.

Disorderly practices within the limits of the Township of Springfield are hereby defined as any act, work or conduct causing or tending to cause a disturbance of the peace and good order of the township, or causing or tending to cause any danger, discomfort or annoyance to the inhabitants of the township or users of the township thoroughfares, and shall include:
A. 
Loafing, fighting, drunkenness, the making of unnecessary noises, profanity or indecent language or acting in an unseemly manner.
B. 
The unnecessary sounding of automobile horns, sirens, bells, whistles or other warning devices.
C. 
The keeping of dogs, cats and other domesticated animals in such a manner that they disturb the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.[1]
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 888]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 5, Animals.
D. 
The operation of radios, electronic amplifiers, or musical instruments in an unnecessary loud manner, or at an inappropriate hour such as to disturb the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 888]
E. 
The loading, unloading, delivery or removal of materials, or the use of tools or mechanical equipment in such a manner or at such a time of day or night as to disturb the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 888]
F. 
The discharging of firearms, of any kind or character whatsoever.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 48, Hunting and Firearms.
G. 
Maintaining lights of such intensity, prominence, color or blinking thereof at such time of night as to interfere unnecessarily with the safe operation of motor vehicles or with the reasonable enjoyment and use of dwelling houses thereby.
H. 
Notwithstanding any other term, condition or provision of this section, it is hereby declared to be a nuisance and shall be unlawful for any person, firm or business entity to make, cause, suffer or permit to be made or caused upon an property owned, occupied or controlled by him or it upon any land, street, alley or thoroughfare in Springfield Township any excessive noise or sound, by means of vehicles, machinery, equipment (including sound amplification equipment and musical instruments) or by any other means or methods which causes annoyance, disturbance or discomfort to any person in the vicinity an verified by the Springfield Township Police, or which are so harsh, prolonged, unnatural or unusual in their use, time and place so as to occasion discomfort and/or a nuisance to the lives, health, peace and comfort of the inhabitants of Springfield Township, or any number of residents thereof. For purposes of this section, it shall be sufficient measure of proof that the noise caused an annoyance, disturbance or discomfort to any person or persons in the vicinity if verified by the Springfield Township Police, without regard to the decibel level of such noise, measured or unmeasured, at or beyond the property line. Such noises shall constitute a public nuisance and shall be punishable as provided under § 24-2 of this chapter.
[Added 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 888]

§ 24-2 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-13-1988 by Ord. No. 756]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or causing or helping others to violate it shall be guilty of the offense of disorderly practices and, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, shall be sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution and a fine not existing $1,000.