Township of Tredyffrin, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tredyffrin as Ch. VI, Art. 1, of the 1979 General Laws of the Municipality of Tredyffrin. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Air pollution — See Ch. 64.
Animals — See Ch. 71.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 77.
Carnivals and fairs — See Ch. 92.
Firearms — See Ch. 108.
Littering — See Ch. 126.
Nuisances — See Ch. 131.
[Amended 7-14-2003 by Ord. No. HR-317]
Disturbing the peace, within the meaning of this chapter, shall constitute the causing, making, or permitting to be made, anywhere in Tredyffrin Township, any excessive or unreasonable noise, clamor, din or other sounds tending to disturb the peace and quiet of the community or the carrying on of any business, trade, transportation, recreation or amusement at any time in a place or manner or of a duration which causes any excessive or unreasonable noise or disturbance. Any and all such noises and disturbances are hereby prohibited. All noises or other sounds shall be considered to be excessive and unreasonable and to constitute disorderly conduct, even though they are no louder than is customary and are unavoidable sounds or noises attendant upon the ordinary use and occupation of business, trade, transportation, recreation or other amusement, if they are made during hours other than usual and customary hours for such work or activity, or as expressly prohibited in this chapter. Except in case of emergency, no person shall carry on any activity at a time, in a manner or of a duration which causes any annoyance that disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
[Amended 7-14-2003 by Ord. No. HR-317]
Without in any manner intending to limit or restrict the generality of the above definition of and prohibition against disturbing the peace, the following are hereby declared to constitute excessive or unreasonable noise, disturbing the peace and/or disorderly conduct.
A. 
The excessive or unreasonable sounding of automobile horns, sirens, bells, whistles or other warning devices. The operators of motor vehicles shall at all times exercise due care and foresight in their operation and shall not substitute the sounding or warnings for careful driving and the maintenance of proper control over their respective vehicles. It is not intended hereby to prohibit the use of such warning devices in emergencies or at times when, in the exercise of good judgment, a prudent operator would use such devices.
B. 
The playing, using or operating, or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, tape player, cassette player, compact disc player, phonograph or other mechanical instrument, or singing, shouting or playing of musical instruments in such a manner and at such a time which is generally considered to be inappropriate and which excessively or unreasonably disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
C. 
The creation of excessive or unreasonable noise in connection with the loading or unloading of any vehicle, the opening or destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers or the delivery of local or other materials, merchandise or commercial products at a time of the day or night which excessively or unreasonably disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
D. 
The discharging of air guns, spring guns, rifles, firearms or paint guns of any kind or character whatsoever on or across the streets or highways or on or across any public property or Township park.
E. 
Loitering, lounging or congregating on the street corners or in front of any place of business in the Township.
F. 
Acting in a noisy, loud, boisterous and unseemly manner or in such a manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the community in and about the streets or other public places of the Township.
G. 
Acting in and about the streets or other public places of the Township while visibly under the influence of intoxicating liquor or otherwise acting or conducting oneself so as to present an unruly, immoral or improper appearance.
H. 
The uttering in a loud audible fashion of vulgar, profane, immoral or abusive language in and about the streets or other public places of the Township.
I. 
Operating domestic power tools, including but not limited to lawn mowers, garden equipment, snow removal equipment, power saws, sanders and other equipment used for building repair or ground maintenance, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
J. 
Construction activity between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except in the case of an emergency.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278; 10-2-2000 by Ord. No. HR-290]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary violation and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this chapter. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. In default of the payment of any fine, the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this chapter.