Township of Lehigh, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lehigh as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Nuisances — See Ch. 103.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 111.
[Adopted 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-4]

§ 51-1 Definitions; word usage.

A. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ANIMAL
Any domestic animal, wild animal or any household pet.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
All animals normally or ordinarily domesticated or raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes, or normally or ordinarily kept as a household pet.
HOUSEHOLD PET
Any dog, cat, bird or other domestic animal normally and ordinarily kept in or permitted to be at large in the dwelling of its owner.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
WILD ANIMAL
Any animal, including bird, fowl or reptile, not normally or ordinarily domesticated; not normally or ordinarily raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes; or not capable of being kept as a household pet.
B. 
In this article, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular and the masculine shall include the feminine.

§ 51-2 Findings; purpose.

The Board of Supervisors of Lehigh Township, finding that excessive levels of sound are detrimental to the physical, mental and social well-being of the people as well as their comfort, living conditions, general welfare and safety and being therefore a public health and welfare hazard, hereby declares it to be necessary to provide for the greater control and more effective regulation of excessive sound and the sources of excessive sound within the Township of Lehigh.

§ 51-3 Noise disturbances prohibited.

It shall be illegal within the Township of Lehigh for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor, or control any animal which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly during the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for a period of 20 minutes or makes such noise intermittently for 45 minutes or more to the disturbance of any person at any time of the day or night regardless of whether the animal is physically situated in or upon private property, said noise being a nuisance; provided that at the time the animal is making such noise, no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal.

§ 51-4 Exceptions.

This article shall not be deemed to prohibit or otherwise declare unlawful any agricultural operations protected from nuisance suits by Act No. 1982-133.

§ 51-5 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine as follows:
A. 
First offense: $100.
B. 
Second offense: $200.
C. 
Third offense: $300 or a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both.