[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wood-Ridge 12-26-1975 by Ord. No. 701 as § 3-2 of the 1975 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 176 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for a person to make or cause to be made any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which by its nature or by the time when it is made does or is likely to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others.
Without intending to limit the generality of § 371-1, the following acts are hereby declared to be examples of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in violation of this chapter:
Musical instruments, radios, televisions, electronic devices. The playing, projection or operation of any musical instrument or content from a radio, television, electronic device, computer, streaming service, recording, or television, cable or internet broadcasting service, in indoor spaces or outdoor spaces, in a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring inhabitants or at a volume that is louder than necessary for the convenient hearing of voluntary listeners who are in the vehicle, building, structure or outdoor space in which the sound originates. The following shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter:
[Amended 7-15-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-13]
The causing of noise as described in § 371-2A(1) in an indoor space so that it is clearly audible at a distance of 100 feet from the vehicle, building or structure during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. if the indoor space is located in the business zone and between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. if located in any other zone.
Yelling and shouting. Yelling, shouting or hooting on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., or at any time or place which annoys or disturbs the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any dwelling or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
Animals. The keeping of animals, birds or fowl which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, disturbs the peace, quiet, comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity. Nothing herein contained is intended to apply to dogs and cats kept as household pets, except that they shall not be kept outdoors and allowed to bark, meow or otherwise make noise during the hours between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., except for limited durations of time for the purpose of walking, urinating and defecating.
[Amended 7-15-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-13]
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.
Exhaust. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of a steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine or motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noise.
Defect in vehicle or load. The use of an automobile, motorcycle or vehicle so out of repair or so loaded that it creates loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
Construction or repair. The execution of excavation, demolition, construction, repair or alteration work, including work on private homes and dwellings, other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays and 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, except that such work is not permitted on Sundays and federal and state holidays. In the case of urgent necessity or in the interest of protecting the public health, safety or welfare, such work may be performed on days and times contrary to this provision upon approval from an appropriate municipal official.
[Amended 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16; 12-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-26; 7-15-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-13]
Schools, courts, churches and hospitals. The making of excessive noise on a street adjacent to a school, institution of learning, church or municipal court while in use or adjacent to a hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the working of the institution or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such a street indicating that it is a school, church, court or hospital area.
[Amended 12-7-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-26]
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:
The use of bells, chimes or sound amplifiers by churches engaged in church activities.
Activities of municipal departments in the performance of their duties, drills or public demonstrations.
Activities in public parks, playgrounds or public buildings under permission or authority of municipal officials.
The playing by a band or orchestra in a hall or building or in the open air, where duly authorized.