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Town of Mineral, VA
Louisa County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mineral effective 1-1-1982 as Ch. 13 of the 1982 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 130.
Nuisances — See Ch. 293.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 310.
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 annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace and safety of others within the Town.
The following acts among others are hereby declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises and a public nuisance, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:
Horns, signaling devices, etc. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle on any street or public place of this Town, except as a danger warning; the creation of noise by means of such signaling device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time; the use of any signaling device except one operated by hand or electricity; the use of any horn, whistle or other device operated by engine exhaust; and the use of any such signaling device when traffic is for any reason held up.
Yelling, shouting, etc. Yelling, shouting or whistling on the public streets at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, or of any persons in the vicinity.
Construction or repairing of buildings. The creation of a loud and excessive noise in the erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repairing of any building other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety.
Schools, courts, churches and hospitals. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institute of learning, church or court while the same is in use, or adjacent to any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institution, or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating that the same is a school, hospital or court street.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
The use in, upon or on any street of the Town or at any location within the limits of the Town of any radio, phonograph, musical instrument, bell, whistle, loudspeaker, amplifier or device of any kind whatsoever whereby sound therefrom is cast upon any street to promote or advertise the sale of goods, wares or merchandise or for the purpose of advertising auction sales, sporting events or other businesses or things advertised thereby is prohibited. Also, any such noise from any such device at any other location within the Town when such noise will extend beyond the limits of the property of the party owning or occupying such premises who is responsible for making such noise is prohibited. The provisions of this section shall not apply to motor vehicles driven in a duly authorized parade. The use of a loudspeaker for making auction sales on premises owned or occupied by the party selling such property or in streets directly in front of such property then being sold or on the premises where the real estate is being sold at auction or personal property is being sold by the owner or occupant of such premises, provided that such personal property was not brought to the premises for the purpose of being sold at auction, shall not be construed as a violation of this section.
It shall be unlawful for any person in operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle in the Town limits to create in the operation thereof any unreasonably loud, disturbing or unnecessary noise either through causing excessive noise from racing the motor in such vehicle or from causing the tires on such vehicle to squeal from excessive speed or unnecessary sudden stopping or turning or from audio equipment.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).