City of Bordentown, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Bordentown 8-13-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for a person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which does or is likely to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others.
A. 
The following acts are hereby declared to be examples of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in violation of this chapter:
(1) 
Radios; televisions; sound systems. The playing, use or operation of any radio receiving set, television, musical instrument, phonograph, compact disc player or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring inhabitants or with unreasonably loud volume than that which is necessary for convenient hearing for persons who are in the room, vehicle or area in which the machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners. The operation of such a set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., so that it is clearly audible at a distance of 100 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter.
(2) 
Yelling; shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or at any time or place, which is unreasonable under the circumstances or annoys or disturbs the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, dwelling or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
(3) 
Animals; birds. The keeping of animals or birds which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, disturbs the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity; but nothing herein contained is intended to apply to:
(a) 
A dog pound or kennel licensed to operate in accordance with the law; or
(b) 
Animals that are part of a standard farm operation.
(4) 
Horns. The sounding of a horn or warning device on an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle, except when required by law, or when necessary to give timely warning of the approach of the vehicle, or as a warning of impending danger to persons driving other vehicles or to persons on the street. No person shall sound a horn or warning device on an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle which emits an unreasonably loud or harsh sound, or for an unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.
(5) 
Exhaust. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of a steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine motor vehicle, including motorcycles, or other machinery or equipment, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent unreasonably loud or explosive noises.
(6) 
Defect in vehicle or load. The use of an automobile, motorcycle or vehicle so out of repair or so loaded that it creates unreasonably loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
B. 
The above enumeration is intended to give typical illustrations of prohibited noise and shall not be construed as exclusive.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to:
A. 
The use of bells, chimes or sound amplifiers by churches engaged in church activities.
B. 
Activities of municipal departments in the performance of their duties, drills or public demonstrations.
C. 
Activities in public parks, playgrounds or public buildings under permission or authority of municipal officials.
D. 
The playing by a band or orchestra in a hall or building or in the open air, where duly authorized.
E. 
Noise generated or associated with standard farm operations.
Sound trucks may be operated in accordance with the following regulations upon the issuance of a permit for each occasion and each location:
A. 
Sound trucks shall not be operated in residential zones in the City before 7:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.
B. 
Sound trucks shall not be operated in commercial zones in the City before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m.
Any person, firm, corporation or other entity convicted of a violation of this chapter or any section thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,250 per violation or a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, in the discretion of the sentencing court.