City of Bridgeton, NJ
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgeton 12-20-1994 by Ord. No. 94-12; amended in its entirety 8-19-2008 by Ord. No. 08-4.[1] Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
False alarms — See Ch. 76, Art. I.
Amusement devices — See Ch. 77.
Carnivals and circuses — See Ch. 112.
Curfew — See Ch. 130.
Garage/Yard sales — See Ch. 176.
Nuisances — See Ch. 230.
Parental responsibility — See Ch. 238.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 247.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 251.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 254.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 350.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance was vetoed by the Mayor 8-27-2008, which veto was overridden by the Council 9-2-2008.
The terms in this chapter shall be defined as follows:
EMERGENCY
Any occurrence or set of circumstances involving actual or imminent physical trauma or property damage or loss, which demands immediate action.
EMERGENCY WORK
Any work performed for the purpose of preventing or alleviating the physical trauma or property damage threatened or caused by an emergency.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Every vehicle defined as a motor vehicle under Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes.
NOISE DISTURBANCE or UNNECESSARY NOISE
Any sound that can be detected by any person using unaided hearing faculties at a distance of 30 feet from the sound source.
PERSON
A natural person, male or female, an association, firm, partnership or corporation.
PLAINLY AUDIBLE
Any sound that can be detected by any person using unaided hearing faculties at a distance of 30 feet from the sound source. For example, if the sound source under investigation is a portable or personal vehicular sound amplification or reproduction device, the detection of the rhythmic bass component of the music is sufficient to verify plainly audible sound. A law enforcement officer or other complaining witness need not determine the title, specific words or artist performing the song.
REAL PROPERTY BOUNDARY
The property line along the ground surface, and its vertical extension, which separates the real property owned by one person from that owned by another person.
RESIDENTIAL ZONE
The area designated for residential use within the City of Bridgeton.
At no time shall any person play, use, operate or permit to be played, used or operated any radio, television, phonograph, jukebox, musical instrument or other device for the production or reproduction of sound with louder volume than is necessary and convenient for the hearing of the person so playing, using or operating such instrument or device and such persons who are voluntary listeners thereto or in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring inhabitants. The use or operation of any such radio, television, phonograph, jukebox, musical instrument or other device that is plainly audible more than 30 feet from the source of origin shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter.
No person in charge of or operating a motor vehicle shall cause to be heard more than 30 feet from the source any noise or music at any time of day.
A. 
Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a musical band or orchestra from performing in an authorized parade, during a City-sponsored event, during any permitted event (as authorized by the City or any of its departments) or during any lawful activity subject to the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
State noise control laws and regulations apply where appropriate.
No person, in an attempt to advertise or attract public attention, shall sound, play, operate or permit to be sounded, played or operated any radio, television, receiving set, musical instrument, jukebox, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier, sound truck or other machine or device that produces or reproduces sound that is plainly audible in any public space, public right-of-way or adjacent neighboring premises, unless a permit has been obtained from the Police Department or as provided in another City ordinance.
No person shall, from Monday through Saturday between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., or on Sunday, in conducting any excavation, demolition, erection, alteration, repair or other building operation within 1,000 feet of any dwelling or business property, operate or use any steam shovels, tractors, excavators, pneumatic hammers, pile drivers, derricks, steam or electric hoists or any tools or equipment which shall make any plainly audible noise, except in cases of urgent necessity in the interests of public safety, and then only upon obtaining a permit from the Building Inspector.
No person shall create any plainly audible noise that is on any public space or public right-of-way adjacent to any school, hospital, library, house of worship, senior citizen center or any other area designated by City Council, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institutions.
No person shall create any plainly audible noise that disturbs the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or persons in any public space or public right-of-way. Furthermore, noise of such character, intensity or duration detrimental to the life or health of any individual is prohibited.
This chapter shall not apply to the normal operation of any plant, factory or industry engaged in the business of manufacturing, processing of food or other industrial or commercial operation.
Any person violating these sections shall be fined $50 for a first offense, $75 for a second offense, and $100 for each and every offense thereafter. Such amounts may be paid without appearance in court unless the summons otherwise indicates that a court appearance is necessary before the Judge of the Municipal Court of Bridgeton. If a court appearance is required, the Court may impose community service up to 30 days for third or subsequent offenses.
Any person or group holding a permit issued by the City of Bridgeton Recreation Department for use of City facilities shall comply with the terms of this chapter. In the event that such person or group believes its permitted activity will violate the terms of this chapter, such person or group may make application to the Bridgeton City Council through the City Clerk's office for an exemption from the requirements of this chapter. If such exemption is granted, such exemptions will state the date, time and means by which the exemption applies. Violation of the limits of the exemption shall be considered a violation of this chapter and shall be subject to sanctions as enumerated here in this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following:
A. 
Emergency warning devices.
B. 
Emergency work to provide electricity, water or other public services when public health or safety is involved.
C. 
Public celebrations authorized by the City of Bridgeton.
D. 
Use of explosive devices which are regulated by the New Jersey Department of Labor under the 1960 Explosives Act.[1]
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 21:1A-128 et seq.
E. 
Any other activity authorized by the City of Bridgeton or City Council.
F. 
Bona fide religious services or events.