Village of Balsam Lake, WI
Polk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Balsam Lake 11-5-1990 as §§ 9.06 and 9.20 of the 1990 Code; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 104.
Curfew — See Ch. 140.
Loitering — See Ch. 200.
Nuisances — See Ch. 227.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 240.

§ 221-1 Prohibited acts.

No person shall make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud and unnecessary noise. It is unlawful for any person knowingly or wantonly to use or operate or to cause to be used or operated any mechanical device, machine, apparatus or instrument for intensifying or amplifying the human voice or any sound in any public or private place in such manner that the public are disturbed or annoyed. Commercial establishments are allowed to have amplified indoor music until one hour prior to closing.

§ 221-2 Operation of motor vehicles.

No person shall make or cause to be made any loud, disturbing or unnecessary sounds or noises with a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or recreation vehicle that may annoy or disturb the public, including but not limited to the following:
A. 
No person shall cause the tires to squeal or the engine to race, or emit unnecessary loud or illegal muffler noise.
B. 
No person shall operate or park a motor vehicle while using a radio or other electric sound amplification device emitting sound from the vehicle that is audible under normal conditions from a distance of 75 or more feet, unless the sound amplification device is being used to request assistance or to warn against an unsafe condition.

§ 221-3 Construction, power tools and equipment.

The erection, demolition, excavation, alteration or repair of any building, as well as the operation of any power or motorized tools or equipment, or any other similar equipment attended by loud and unusual noise, shall not be done during the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. However, the Village police shall have the authority, upon determining that the loss or inconvenience which would result to any party in interest would be extraordinary and of such nature as to warrant special consideration, to grant a permit for a period necessary within which time such work and operation may take place within the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

§ 221-4 Exceptions.

[Amended 5-4-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-02]
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply:
A. 
To any vehicle or equipment of the Village, county, state or other governmental entity having jurisdiction in the area, to a utility while engaged in necessary public business during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., or at night when public welfare and convenience render it impossible to perform such work during the day.
B. 
To the reasonable use of amplifiers or loudspeakers in the course of governmental activities or church activities which are noncommercial in nature.

§ 221-5 Amplified noise permit.

A. 
Permit required. The use of loudspeakers or amplifying devices on the streets or in public areas of the Village is prohibited unless the party desiring to use such loudspeaker or amplifying device first obtains a permit from the Village Board for a fee set by the Village Board.
B. 
Grounds or reasons for denial or revocation. The Village police shall have the authority to revoke such permit when they believe such loudspeaker or amplifying device is becoming a nuisance because of the volume, the method in which it is being used, or the location in which it is being operated. No permit shall be granted to anyone who, in the opinion of the Village Board, uses said loudspeaker or amplifying device in such a manner or for such a purpose as to constitute a nuisance.
C. 
Time restrictions. The Village Board shall not grant a permit to use an outdoor loudspeaker or amplifying device between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., except that the Village Board may grant a variance to these hours under limited circumstances specific to Freedom Festival if the Village Board finds that such a permit will benefit the Village and the public welfare, given the unique facts and circumstances of the situation. The Village Board shall review the facts and circumstances of the proposed event and make a determination based on the public benefit, or harm to the public.
[Amended 5-4-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-02]

§ 221-6 Violations and penalties.

Except as otherwise provided, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-4, of this Code.