[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Norristown 4-6-1982 as Ch. 155 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any disorderly conduct within the limits of the Borough.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DISORDERLY CONDUCT WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE BOROUGH
- Any act, word or conduct causing or tending to cause a disturbance of the peace and good order of the Borough or causing or tending to cause any danger, discomfort or annoyance to the inhabitants of the Borough or users of the Borough thoroughfares, and shall include loafing, fighting, drunkenness, vagrancy, begging, the making of unnecessary noises, profanity or indecent language, reckless or careless driving or any other use of vehicles by owners or occupants thereof as shall endanger the safety or interfere with the comfort and convenience of persons using or residing on the thoroughfares of the Borough.
It shall be unlawful to deposit in highways and public places or on private premises without the consent of an adult occupant thereof any sample drugs, medicines and medicated preparations or to deposit in vestibules, porches or yards of any premises without the consent of an adult occupant thereof any paper, advertisements, handbills, waste or refuse of any kind, provided that this section shall not apply to newspapers or handbills and advertisements enclosed in envelopes.
[Added 7-6-2010 by Ord. No. 10-11]
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 which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, help, peace or safety of others within the limits of the Municipality of Norristown. To be a violation of the law, the noises must either be excessively annoying, loud or unusual.
The following acts are declared to be unlawful:
Construction activities including hauling, excavation, demolition, equipment operation, or any other construction activity that creates a loud noise, between 7:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Exception: Emergency operations to mitigate a hazard or restore utilities to customers.
Trash or recycling pickup and hauling between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Deliveries, unloading, and opening of commercial goods between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Festivals, carnivals, parties and other gatherings, whether on public or private property, shall be prohibited from generating music, singing, or prolonged noise of any kind whatsoever between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Friday through Saturday.
[Added 1-3-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01]
Parties and gatherings at private residences in Norristown shall not be so loud as to create noise that can be heard by adjacent neighbors at a distance of 25 feet or greater.
[Added 1-3-2012 by Ord. No. 12-01]
It shall be unlawful for any person in the Borough to sell, to have possession of for sale or to transfer title by gift or otherwise or to possess for any purpose whatever upon the public highways, streets or alleys of the Borough, or places frequented by the public therein, any knife of the general type known and designated as a "switchblade knife," by which is meant and intended the type of folding knife by which the blade folds or slides into the handle and the blade of which may be released or opened or extended by spring action or other automatic action upon the pressing of a button or a release instrument or otherwise.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the Borough to have in his possession while upon the public streets or places in the Borough where the public frequents or travels or to transport within the Borough any knife, the blade or cutting edge of which exceeds 2 1/2 inches in length, unless the same shall be securely wrapped or packed in a container, package or wrapping.
[Amended 6-8-1982 by Ord. No. 82-5]
Any person or persons violating the provisions of this chapter, except those that relate to violations of § 229-1, dealing with disorderly conduct, shall, upon being convicted thereof, be sentenced to a fine for the use of the Borough of not less than $25 nor more than $300, and the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of the costs, shall be sentenced to imprisonment in the Borough lockup or county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days.
Any person or persons violating the provisions of § 229-1, as they relate to disorderly conduct, shall, upon being convicted thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $300, and the costs of prosecution, and in default thereof, shall be sentenced to imprisonment in the Borough lockup or county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days.