Township of Deerfield, NJ
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Deerfield 2-15-1984 by Ord. No. 1984-1 as Ch. 92 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation areas-- See Ch. 139.

§ 131-1 Loud or unnecessary noise prohibited.

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 either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others within the limits of the Township.

§ 131-2 Examples of unnecessary noises.

A. 
The following acts are hereby declared to be examples of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in violation of this chapter:
(1) 
Radios; televisions; phonographs. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated of any radio receiving set, television, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or with louder volume than is necessary for the convenient hearing of persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which such machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. The operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 8:00 a.m. in such manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 150 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter.
(2) 
Yelling; shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m., or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, dwelling, hotel, motel or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
(3) 
Exhaust. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal-combustion engine or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
(4) 
Schools; courts; churches; hospitals. The creation of any excessive noise on any street 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, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such street indicating that the same is a school, church, hospital or court street.
B. 
The above enumeration is intended to give typical illustrations of prohibited noise and shall not be construed as exclusive.

§ 131-3 Exceptions.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to:
A. 
The use of bells, chimes or sound amplifiers by churches engaged in church activities.
B. 
Activities of municipal departments in the performance of their duties, drills or public demonstrations.
C. 
Activities in public parks, playgrounds or public buildings under the permission or authority of municipal officials.
D. 
The playing by a band or orchestra in a hall or building or in the open air, provided no electrical amplification device shall be used in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants.

§ 131-4 Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.