Town of Somerset, MD
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Somerset as indicated. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 105.
Building construction — See Ch. 112.
County legislation — See Ch. 123.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 155.
Trees — See Ch. 182.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
Temporary activities directly associated with site preparation, assembly, erection, repair, alteration, renovation, construction, or demolition of improvements, or other similar activities, including, but not limited to, moving heavy equipment, delivering materials, loading or unloading/operating equipment with audible "back-up" warning devices, or allowing engines to idle.
HOLIDAYS
Public holidays for federal employees as established by federal law 5 U.S.C. § 6103.
LAWN MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES
Any and all activities or tasks associated with the care or maintenance of a lawn, garden, flower bed, tree or other landscaping.
POWER EQUIPMENT
Motorized equipment such as a lawn mower, chainsaw, leaf blower or other similar equipment utilized to perform lawn maintenance activities.
[Ord. No. 2-86, eff. 5-5-1986; amended by Ord. No. 2-89, eff. 4-24-1989; Ord. No. 2-91, eff. 4-9-1991; Res. No. 7-97, eff. 11-4-1997; Ord. No. 1-04, eff. 6-9-2004; Ord. No. 1-05, eff. 2-9-2005; Ord. No. 6-2012; eff. 6-20-2012 (Ch. 11, § 11-302(a), of the 1989 Code)]
A. 
Weekdays (non-holidays). No construction activities shall commence prior to 7:00 a.m. on weekdays, and all construction activities shall end no later than 7:00 p.m.
B. 
Saturdays. No construction activities shall commence prior to 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and all construction activities shall end no later than 7:00 p.m.
C. 
Sundays. Construction activities are prohibited on Sundays unless the activity is interior work that cannot be heard by neighbors.
D. 
Holidays. Construction activities on a holiday weekday are limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on holiday Saturdays are limited as set forth in Subsection B, and on holiday Sundays are limited as set forth in Subsection C.
[Ord. No. 2-86, eff. 5-5-1986; amended by Ord. No. 2-89, eff. 4-24-1989; Ord. No. 2-91, eff. 4-9-1991; Res. No. 7-97, eff. 11-4-1997; Ord. No. 1-04, eff. 6-9-2004; Ord. No. 1-05, eff. 2-9-2005; Ord. No. 6-2012; eff. 6-20-2012; Res. No. 5-19, 10-17-2019, eff. 11-12-2019 (Ch. 11, § 11-302(b), of the 1989 Code)]
A. 
Lawn maintenance activities that involve the use of power equipment are permitted on non-holiday weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with the sole exception that lawn maintenance work that involves the use of power equipment is also permitted on non-holiday weekdays between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. if only one piece of power equipment is used.
B. 
Lawn maintenance activities that involve the use of power equipment are permitted on weekends and holidays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
[Ord. No. 2-86, eff. 5-5-1986; amended by Ord. No. 2-89, eff. 4-24-1989; Ord. No. 2-91, eff. 4-9-1991; Res. No. 7-97, eff. 11-4-1997; Ord. No. 1-04, eff. 6-9-2004; Ord. No. 1-05, eff. 2-9-2005; Ord. No. 6-2012; eff. 6-20-2012 (Ch. 11, § 11-302(c), of the 1989 Code)]
The above requirements shall not be construed to apply to the use of any snow removal equipment.
[Ord. No. 2-86, eff. 5-5-1986; amended by Ord. No. 2-89, eff. 4-24-1989; Ord. No. 2-91, eff. 4-9-1991; Res. No. 7-97, eff. 11-4-1997; Ord. No. 1-04, eff. 6-9-2004; Ord. No. 1-05, eff. 2-9-2005; Ord. No. 6-2012; eff. 6-20-2012 (Ch. 11, § 11-302(d), of the 1989 Code)]
Violation of any provision of this chapter is a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense and by a fine of $500 for each repeat offense.
[Ord. No. 2-86, eff. 5-5-1986; amended by Ord. No. 2-89, eff. 4-24-1989; Ord. No. 1-04, eff. 6-9-2004; Ord. No. 1-05, eff. 2-9-2005; Res. No. 5-19, 10-17-2019, eff. 11-12-2019 (Ch. 11, § 11-303, of the 1989 Code)]