Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 13, Art. V and § 13-1703 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 180.
Animals — See Ch. 192.
Nuisances — See Ch. 389.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 409.
[Amended 9-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1614]
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, or cause to be made or continued any noise which is unreasonably loud or any noise which either unreasonably annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, within the limits of the Village.
The following acts, among others, are declared to be unreasonably loud or disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:
A. 
Horns or signaling devices. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, or other vehicle on any street or public place of the Village, except as a danger warning; the creation by means of any such signaling device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; the sounding of any such device for any unnecessary or unreasonable period of time; and the use of any signaling device or the use of any horn, whistle or any other device which creates any unreasonable, loud or harsh sounds for an unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.
B. 
Radios, phonographs, televisions and musical instruments. Using, operating, or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, musical instrument, phonograph, television, or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to unreasonably disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or at any time with louder volume than is reasonably necessary for convenient hearing for the person or persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which such machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. The operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this subsection.
[Amended 9-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1614]
C. 
Loudspeakers and amplifiers for advertising. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated of any radio, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier, television or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound which is cast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting the attention of the public to any building or structure, automobile or other vehicle.
D. 
Yelling or shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, or singing on the public streets between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or at any time or place so as to unreasonably annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel or other type of residence, or of any persons in the vicinity.
E. 
Animals or birds. The keeping of any animal or bird which by causing unreasonable frequent or long-continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity.
F. 
Exhausts. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, motorboat, or motor vehicle except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent unreasonably loud or explosive noises therefrom.
G. 
Defect in vehicle or load. The use of any automobile, motorcycle, or vehicle so out of repair, so loaded, or in such manner as to create unreasonably loud or unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other unreasonable noise.
H. 
Exhaust (jake) brakes. The creation of excessive noise by motor vehicles, typically large trucks, by the use of exhaust brakes commonly known as "jake brakes" unless such brakes are necessarily used in an emergency situation.[1]
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Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
I. 
Loading, unloading and opening boxes. The creation of an unreasonably loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading any vehicle or the opening or destruction of bales, boxes, crates, and containers, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
J. 
Construction or repairing of buildings. The erection (including excavating), demolition, alteration or repair of any building other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, and then only with a permit from the Building Inspector, which permit may be granted for a period not to exceed three days or less while the emergency continues and which permit may be renewed for periods of three days or less while the emergency continues. If the Building Inspector should determine that the public health and safety will not be impaired by the erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building or the excavation of streets and highways between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and if he shall further determine that loss or inconvenience would result to any party in interest, he may grant permission for such work to be done between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. upon application being made at the time the permit for the work is awarded or during the progress of the work.
K. 
Schools, courts, churches and hospitals. The creation of any unreasonable noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court while the same is in use, or adjacent to any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institution, or which disturbs or unreasonably annoys patients in the hospital, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating that the same is a school, hospital, church, or court street.
L. 
Transportation of metal rails, pillars and columns. The transportation of rails, pillars or columns of iron, steel or other materials over and along streets and other public places upon carts, drays, cars, trucks, or in any other manner so loaded as to cause unreasonably loud noises or as to disturb the peace and quiet of such streets or other public places.
M. 
Equipment, machinery or vehicles. The operation between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any equipment, machinery or vehicles, the use of which is attended by unreasonably loud noise.
N. 
Air conditioners or blowers. The operation of any air conditioners or blowers or power fans of any nature or kind which, in their operation, shall cause unreasonably loud noises which are preventable by the use of proper modern equipment (a muffler device sufficient to deaden such noise) and by the efficient maintenance thereof.
[Amended 9-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1614]
[Amended 9-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1614]
No person or persons working between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. shall make any unreasonably loud noises in conducting said work between the hours above stated.
No peddlers or vendors shall call or cause to be called out within the limits of this Village any price, goods, wares or merchandise, in a desire to sell or to buy.
[Amended 5-22-1991 by Ord. No. 1602[1]]
Except where a penalty is otherwise prescribed, the penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be as set forth in § 115-1 of the Village Code.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).