City of Port Republic, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Port Republic 10-10-1989 by Ord. No. 109-1989 (Ch. 59 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise by dogs — See § 76-9.
The making of excessive sound is a serious hazard to the public health, welfare, safety and the quality of life; and a substantial body of science and technology exists by which excessive sound may be substantially abated; and the people have a right to and should be ensured an environment free from excessive sound. It is, therefore, the policy of the City of Port Republic to prevent excessive sound that may jeopardize the health, welfare or safety of the citizens or degrade the quality of life.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following premises are owner-occupied:
A. 
An individual owner or owners where the premises are owner-occupied.
B. 
The tenant where the premises are leased.
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the operation of any source of sound on a particular category of property or on any public space or right-of-way in such a manner to create a sound level that exceeds the particular sound-level limits set forth in Table I, as follows, when measured at or within the real property line of the receiving property.
Table I
Maximum Permissible Sound Levels by Receiving Property Category [dB(A)]
Receiving Property Category
Sound Source Property Category
Residential and Commercial 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
[dB(A)]
Residential
50
Commercial or public spaces or rights-of-way
50
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:
A. 
Sound reproduction systems. Operating, playing or permitting the operation or playing of any radio, television, stereo or similar device that reproduces or amplifies sound in such a manner as to create a noise disturbance for any person other than the operator of the device. After 10:00 p.m., and before 7:00 a.m. the following day, noise plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
B. 
Animals. Owning, possessing or harboring any pet animal that frequently or for continued duration makes sounds that create a noise disturbance across a residential real property line [for the purpose of this section, a "noise disturbance from a barking dog" shall be defined as that created by a dog barking continually for 10 minutes or intermittently for 30 minutes between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day].
C. 
Horns and emergency sirens. The sounding of any horn in any motor vehicle, except as a warning of danger, and the permitting of an emergency siren from a home or motor vehicle to continue for a period in excess of 15 minutes between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day.
D. 
Construction and demolition. Operating or permitting the operation of any tools or equipment used in construction, drilling, earthmoving, excavating or demolition work between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day.
E. 
Loading and unloading. Loading, unloading from structures or motor vehicles, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building materials, garbage cans or similar objects between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance across a residential real property boundary.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Emergencies, either as an alert or in performance of emergency work.
B. 
Municipally sponsored or approved celebrations or events.
C. 
Use of bells and chimes by churches.
Should any necessary excessive or unusually loud and offensive noise be such that, due to its nature, its intermittency or unusual circumstance, it shall not be capable of being measured by a sound meter as above, such noise shall nevertheless be deemed a violation of this section.
Any person found guilty of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 or serve 30 days' imprisonment.