Township of Butler, PA
Butler County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Butler as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Nuisances — See Ch. 210.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 214.
[Adopted 11-1-1965 as Ch. V, Secs. 3 through 5, of the 1965 Code]

§ 207-1 Definitions and interpretation.

The word "person," as used in this chapter, shall mean any natural person, partnership, firm, association or corporation. In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 207-2 Use of loudspeakers and similar devices restricted.

[Amended 10-5-1998 by Ord. No. 765]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use any loudspeaker or other mechanical device that causes noise in excess of 90 decibels as measured on a decibel or sound level meter of standard quality and design operated on the A-weighting scale at a distance of 25 feet from any property line of the property on which the noise source is located.
B. 
Fire sirens and related apparatus used solely for public safety purposes are exempt from this restriction.

§ 207-3 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-5-1998 by Ord. No. 765]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, for every such violation, upon conviction thereof before any District Justice of the Township, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $600 and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment in the county jail for not more 30 days. Each day on which any such violation shall take place, after conviction thereof, shall constitute a separate violation.
[Adopted 10-1-2001 by Ord. No. 784]

§ 207-4 Intent and purpose.

The Board of Commissioners of Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, finding that excessive levels of sound are detrimental to the physical, mental and social well-being of the people as well as to their comforts, 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 Butler.

§ 207-5 Noise disturbance by animals prohibited.

It shall be illegal within the Township of Butler for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor, or control any animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or makes such noise intermittently for 1/2 hour or more that results in the unreasonable disturbance or annoyance of any person during any time of the day or night regardless of whether the animal or bird is physically situated in any structure or in any open area on private property, said noise is hereby declared a nuisance, provided that at the time the animal or bird is making such noise, no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or bird is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal or bird.

§ 207-6 Exceptions.

This article shall not be deemed to prohibit or otherwise declare unlawful any agricultural operations protected from the nuisance suits by Act No. 1982-133.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 3 P.S. § 951 et seq.

§ 207-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.