[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Columbia as Ch. 9.24 of the 1997 Code; amended in its entirety 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 3197. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any individual, corporation, partnership, firm, association, trust, estate, public or private institution, group, agency, or any legal successor, representative, agent or agency of the foregoing.
No person shall cause or allow the emission of, beyond the boundaries of his or her property, any sound that unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of life or with any lawful business or activity.
In determining whether a sound unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of life or with any lawful business or activity, the City may consider the following factors, including, but not limited to:
Time of day (for example, sound made between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. will be subject to greater scrutiny);
Frequency of sound;
Duration of sound;
Necessity of sound (for example, sound made out of necessity to avoid danger will be subject to lessened scrutiny); and
Volume, pitch, or harshness of sound.
Any person who commits the acts prohibited herein shall be guilty of a City ordinance violation. Further, the City Attorney may bring an action to enjoin any person from violating this chapter and seek an order from the Circuit Court ordering the violator to abate any violations of this chapter.