Township of Northville, MI
Wayne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of Northville 7-11-1991 as Ch. 37 of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Nuisance barking by dogs — See Ch. 53, Art. I, § 53-7.
Disorderly conduct — See Ch. 67.
Horn blowing and loud noises — Ch. 69, § 69-2.
Noise from operation of landfills — See Ch. 101, § 101-12A(2).
Mining and quarrying — See Ch. 110.
Noise control at outdoor gatherings — See Ch. 117.
Noisemaking by peddlers — See Ch. 133.
Noise associated with garbage collection and recycling — See Ch. 149, Art. I, § 149-8.
It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to control loud, noisy, boisterous or offensive activities within the Township.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm, partnership, association or corporation to participate in any activity within the Township which shall be so loud, noisy, boisterous, or offensive in nature as to endanger the safety, health, comfort or repose of the public, including, but not limited to:
(1) 
The sounding of any horn or other audible signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus, streetcar or other motor vehicle except as a danger signal necessary or intended to prevent or attempt to prevent an impending accident; use of any such signal device which is unreasonably loud or the sounding of such device for an unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.
(2) 
The playing of any radio, television, phonograph or any musical instrument in such a manner or at such a volume so as to annoy, disturb, or offend the quiet, comfort or repose of the public, particularly during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(3) 
Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, singing or the making of any other loud noise on the public streets in such a manner as to annoy, disturb or offend the quiet, comfort or repose of the public, particularly during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(4) 
The hawking of goods, merchandise or newspapers in a loud and boisterous manner so as to annoy, disturb or offend the quiet, comfort or repose of the public.
(5) 
The keeping of any animals or birds which, by casing frequent or loud or continued noise, shall annoy, disturb or offend the quiet, comfort or repose of the public.
(6) 
The blowing of any whistle or siren in such a manner as to annoy disturb, or offend the quiet, comfort or repose of the public, except as a signal to give notice of the time to begin or stop work or as a warning of fire or danger.
(7) 
The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine or motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other device which effectively prevents loud explosive noises therefrom.
(8) 
The erection, excavation of, demolition, alteration or repair of any building or the excavation of streets and/or highways other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., unless a permit first be obtained from the Building Department.
(9) 
The creating of a loud and excessive noise in connection with loading and unloading any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bails, boxes, crates, and/or containers.
(10) 
The use of any drum, loud speaker, amplifier or other instrument or for the purpose of attracting the attention of any person in such a manner as to annoy, disturb or offend the quiet, comfort or repose of the public.
(11) 
Operation of a motor vehicle in such a loud, noisy, boisterous or offensive manner as to annoy, disturb or offend the quiet, comfort or the public.
(12) 
Operation of a sound truck with radio or amplifier without first having obtained a permit therefor from the Township Clerk.
(13) 
Operation of gasoline powered lawn maintenance equipment and chain saws between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
B. 
Operation of police, fire or ambulance vehicles in Township. Heavy machinery, equipment engaged in necessary excavations or repair of bridges, streets or highways by or on behalf of the Township, county or state on those occasions when the public safety, welfare and convenience renders it impossible to perform such work during the day and the reasonable use of stationary amplifiers or loud speakers in the course of noncommercial public addresses are exempted from the provisions of the chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
No person shall operate or cause to be operated on public or private property any stationary source of sound in such a manner as to create a sound level which exceeds the limits set forth for the receiving land use category in the following table when measured at or within the property boundary of the receiving land use;
Receiving Land Use Category
Maximum Allowable Sound Level Limit
Residential Business or commercial
55 dBA 62 dBA
B. 
When the ambient noise level is as great or greater than the appropriate sound level limit less three dBA, the following rule shall apply.
C. 
A noise source shall be in violation of this chapter if the noise level measured with the source in operation exceeds the ambient sound level alone by more than three dBA.
D. 
For this chapter, the "ambient noise level" is defined as total of all noise produced at a measurement site, excluding the noise produced by the source in question.
E. 
For any source of sound which emits a pure tone or impulsive sound, the maximum allowable sound level limit will be decreased by five dBA.
[Amended 9-18-2003]
A. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties specified for a violation of the Township Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See §§ 1-10, 1-14 and 1-16.
B. 
Any minor, as defined in this state's probate code, who violates any provision of this chapter shall be dealt with by the Juvenile Division of the Probate Court or as otherwise prescribed by state law.