[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Owego 12-1-1969 as Ch. 13, Art. II, of the 1969 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall not apply to the operation or use of any organ, radio, bell, chimes or other instrument, apparatus or device by any church, synagogue or school.
Subject to the provisions of this chapter, the creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise is prohibited. Noise of such character, intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the life or health of any individual or contrary to the public welfare is prohibited.
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter, but the enumeration herein shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
Horns; signaling devices. The sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle while stationary, except as a danger signal when an approaching vehicle is apparently out of control or, if in motion, only as a danger signal after or as brakes are being applied and deceleration of the vehicle is intended; the creation by means of any such signal device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound or the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary period of time.
Noisy vehicles. The use of an automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle so out of repair, so loaded in such a manner as to create loud, unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
Discharge of exhaust. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, motor vehicle or boat engine or motor except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
Construction; demolition; excavation. The erection, including excavating, demolition, alteration or repair, of any building further than between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, except in case of an urgent necessity in the interest of public safety and then only with a permit from the Superintendent of Public Works, which permit may be renewed for a period of three days or less while the emergency continues.
Noise near schools or other institutions. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court while the same is in session or adjacent to any hospital which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institutions, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating that the same is a school, hospital, church or court street.
Loading; unloading. The creation of a loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.
Hawking; peddling. The shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
Drums; loudspeakers; similar devices. The use of a drum, loudspeaker or any other sound-producing instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention to any election campaign, performance, show or sale or display of merchandise by the creation of noise, except where authorized by special permit to be issued by the Chief of Police, who shall make reasonable rules and regulations therefor.
Noise in conduct of business. The creation of any unnecessary noise in the operation, conduct and/or maintenance of any business, factory, plant, yard or manufacturing establishment, including excavating, blasting (where permitted), grinding, breaking, crushing or processing of any substance or materials.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or to imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.