Model Ordinances > Garner, North Carolina
Chapter 11 Offenses--Miscellaneous Provisions
Article I. In General
Ordinance for the town of
Garner, North Carolina Codified through Ord. No. 3216, enacted Oct. 22, 2002. (Supplement No. 18)
Sec. 11-15. Loud, disturbing
and unnecessary noises.
(a) Unreasonable noises prohibited. Subject to the provisions of this
section, the creation of any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary
noise in the town is prohibited. Noise of such character, intensity and
duration as to be detrimental to the health and welfare of any individual
(b) Particular noises prohibited. The following acts, among others, are
declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this
section, but the enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:
- (1) The sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile,
motorcycle, bus or other vehicle, except as a warning or danger signal; the
creation of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound by means of any such
signal device, whether or not such device is on any vehicle, and the
sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of
- (2) The playing of any radio, phonograph, television set, record
player, sound reproduction device or any musical instrument in such a
manner or with such volume, during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00
a.m., as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any
dwelling house, apartment or other type of residence.
- (3) The use of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle in such
manner as to create loud and disturbing noise or unnecessary grating,
grinding, screeching of tires or rattling sounds.
- (4) The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any stationary
internal combustion engine or motor vehicle engine except through a muffler
or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises
- (5) The keeping of any animal or bird which, by causing frequent or
long continued noise, shall disturb the comfort and repose of any person in
- (6) The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any
school while it is in session, any library while open, or any church during
services, which unreasonably interferes with the activity of any such
- (7) The erection, alteration, demolition, repair of or excavation for
any building, structure or other improvement in a residential district
between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except in the case of
emergency work in the preservation of public health or safety.
- (8) The creation of loud and excessive noise in connection with loading
or unloading any vehicle, or the opening, closing or destruction of any
bale, box, crate or container.
- (9) The use of any mechanical device operated by compressed air unless
the noise created thereby is effectively muffled and reduced or unless such
use is in the preservation of public health, safety or welfare.
- (10) The use of any drum, loudspeaker or other sound amplifying device
for the purpose of creating noise to attract attention to any performance,
show or sale or display of merchandise.
- (11) The playing of any radio, phonograph, television set, record
player, sound reproduction device or any musical instrument (cumulatively, "device.") or electronic equipment within or on the premises of any
dwelling, house, apartment or other type of residence (cumulatively,
"dwelling unit") in such a manner or at such a volume as to be sufficiently
audible as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in a
dwelling unit between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(c) Penalty. Violation of this section, or any part thereof, shall be
punishable by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00), or
imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days.
(Ord. No. 1380, §§ 1--3, 10-22-74; Ord. No. 2613, § 1, 2-22-94; Ord. No.
33208, § 1, 9-3-02)
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