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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Warrantless arrests — See Ch. 72.
Amusements and entertainments — See Ch. 107.
Curfew — See Ch. 136.
Noise — See Ch. 215.
[Adopted 8-8-1928 by Ord. No. 196 (Ch. 6, Part 10, of the 1986 Code of Ordinances)]
[Amended 4-24-1986 by Ord. No. 1356; 4-28-1988 by Ord. No. 1388]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to open or keep open any place of public amusement or any place open to the public for any kind of entertainment, exhibition or contest between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day, subject to the extension provided for in § 240-3. Any Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensed tavern must be closed and empty of patrons by 3:00 a.m. Any Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensed private club must be closed and empty of patrons by 4:00 a.m.
[Amended 4-24-1986 by Ord. No. 1356]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to engage in any kind of exhibition, entertainment for person or persons in any place of public amusement or open to the public for any entertainment, exhibition or contest between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day, subject to the extension provided for in § 240-3.
The Mayor upon application be and he is hereby authorized in his discretion to extend the time for closing any place of public amusement or place open to the public for any amusement, contest or exhibition to a time not later than 3:00 a.m. of any day and to permit any person engaged in such amusement, contest or exhibition to engage therein to a time not later than 3:00 a.m. of any day.
[Amended 4-24-1986 by Ord. No. 1356; 12-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1706]
A. 
Any individual, person, firm, corporation or other entity who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon being held liable in any civil proceeding or upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a penalty, fine or charge of no less than $100 nor more than the maximum amount permitted by law, but not to exceed $1,000, and in default of payment or any failure to pay any fine or penalty, upon a summary or other criminal conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both.
B. 
Each day that a violation of this article shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, subject to the fines, costs, penalties and charges set forth above for each offense.
C. 
Nothing herein shall limit, prevent or preclude the City of Washington from taking any and all legal action or exercising any other remedy available to the City by law, including but not limited to the initiation of civil or criminal proceedings or injunctive relief, in order to enforce or ensure compliance with this article. As an additional remedy, the City of Washington may abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition by any means permitted by law, which shall include but not be limited to an action in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for injunctive relief; the use of any City of Washington personnel, equipment and materials or that of an authorized agent or contractor hired by the City to remove or abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition, and with all costs thereof or related thereto to be charged against the property owner(s) and/or person or entity who has violated the article or portion thereof; said costs shall include all actual costs and expenses, including all costs of collection and reasonable administrative costs of the City, incurred in enforcing the provisions of the article.
[Adopted 11-17-1958 by Ord. No. 776 (Ch. 6, Part 2, of the 1986 Code of Ordinances)]
[Amended 4-12-1971 by Ord. No. 1093; 12-13-1971 by Ord. No. 1105]
Disorderly conduct is hereby prohibited within the limits of the City of Washington. Disorderly conduct shall include any of the following actions by any person or persons:
A. 
Whoever willfully makes or causes to be made any loud, boisterous and unseemly noise or disturbance to the annoyance of the peaceable residents nearby, or near to any public highway, road, street, lane, alley, park, square or commons, whereby the public peace is broken or disturbed or the traveling public annoyed.
B. 
Whoever willfully makes or causes to be made any loud, boisterous and unseemly noise or disturbance to the annoyance of the peaceable occupants of any public accommodation, including, but not by way of limitation, restaurants, taverns, hotels, theaters and business establishments of any type. Except as hereby amended, all other sections of the aforesaid article remain unchanged and in full force and effect.
C. 
Congregating upon any sidewalk or public ground or building to the annoyance of any other person or persons, either by obstructing the full passage into or over the same or by using insulting, abusive or profane language in the hearing of such person or persons.
[Amended 10-14-1968 by Ord. No. 1042; 4-12-1971 by Ord. No. 1093; 4-24-1986 by Ord. No. 1356; 12-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1766]
A. 
Any individual, person, firm, corporation or other entity who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon being held liable in any civil proceeding or upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a penalty, fine or charge of no less than $100 nor more than the maximum amount permitted by law, but not to exceed $1,000, and in default of payment or any failure to pay any fine or penalty, upon a summary or other criminal conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both.
B. 
Each day that a violation of this article shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, subject to the fines, costs, penalties and charges set forth above for each offense.
C. 
Nothing herein shall limit, prevent or preclude the City of Washington from taking any and all legal action or exercising any other remedy available to the City by law, including but not limited to the initiation of civil or criminal proceedings or injunctive relief, in order to enforce or ensure compliance with this article. As an additional remedy, the City of Washington may abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition by any means permitted by law, which shall include but not be limited to an action in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for injunctive relief; the use of any City of Washington personnel, equipment and materials or that of an authorized agent or contractor hired by the City to remove or abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition, and with all costs thereof or related thereto to be charged against the property owner(s) and/or person or entity who has violated the article or portion thereof; said costs shall include all actual costs and expenses, including all costs of collection and reasonable administrative costs of the City, incurred in enforcing the provisions of the article.