Noise Ordinance

You can read the Chapter 200 - Noise online. This ordinance was adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Radnor 2-25-1974 by Ordinance Number 1564 as Chapter 89 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.

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§ 200-1. Unnecessary Noise Prohibited
It is hereby declared to be a nuisance and it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make or cause or suffer or permit to be made or caused, upon any premises owned, occupied or controlled by him or it or upon any public street, alley or thoroughfare in the Township of Radnor, any unnecessary noises or sounds by means of the human voice or by any other means or methods which are physically annoying to the comfort of any person or which are so harsh or so prolonged or unnatural or unusual in their use, time and place as to occasion physical discomfort or which are injurious to the lives, health, peace and comfort of the inhabitants of said township or any number thereof.

§ 200-2. Musical Instruments, Stereos & Other Sound-Producing Devices
No person, persons, firm or corporation shall play, use or operate or knowingly permit to be played, used or operated any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, sound amplifier, loudspeaker or other machine or device for the reproduction of sound upon property (real or personal) or premises owned, occupied or used by him, them or it, which is not measured and regulated by decibels, so that the sound coming from such machine can be audibly heard at a distance greater than one hundred (100) feet from the property or premises wherein such machine or device is located. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the playing of a band or orchestra in any concert hall, auditorium, clubroom or public park.

§ 200-3. Sound Trucks & Loudspeakers
  • A. No person shall operate a sound truck or loudspeaker on the streets or public places of the Township of Radnor without 1st obtaining a permit therefor from the Community Development Department. Such permit shall be for a period of 1 (1) day only. Such permit shall not be transferable from person to person or from sound truck to sound truck and may not be extended as to the date it shall be used nor shall any permit for the operation of such sound truck be issued for use earlier than 8 a.m. or later than 9 p.m. of the prevailing local time. Every application for a permit shall be accompanied by a permit fee of twenty- 5 dollars ($25.). [Amended 6-29-1977 by Ord. No. 77-18]
  • B. The application for such permit shall be filed in duplicate with the Township Secretary, and the permit issued shall be limited in accordance with the information contained in such application, which shall set forth the following:
    1. Name and home address of the applicant.
    2. Business address of the applicant.
    3. Name and address of the owner of the sound truck.
    4. Make and license number of the sound truck.
    5. Name and address of the person operating the sound truck.
    6. Name and address of the person operating the sound equipment.
    7. The purpose for which the sound truck will be used.
    8. The proposed hours of operation of the sound truck.
    9. A certificate from an engineer that such amplifying machine is so equipped and regulated by decibels that the sound coming from such machine cannot be audibly heard at a distance greater than one hundred (100) feet from the sound truck or amplifying machine.
  • C. After the issuance of said permit, the Township Secretary shall return one (1) certified copy of the application to the permittee, together with the permit, which must be in the possession of the operator of the sound truck during such time that the sound-amplifying equipment is in operation. Such certified application and permit shall, upon request, be promptly exhibited to any police officer of the Township of Radnor.
  • D. No permit so issued may be used which attracts the attention of motorists or pedestrians, causing the blocking of streets and thereby creating a traffic congestion and hazard.
§ 200-4. Horns
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sound any horn or warning device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle except when required by law or to give timely warning of impending danger to persons driving other vehicles or to persons upon the street. No person shall sound any horn or warning device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle which shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or for any unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.

§ 200-5. Construction Work
  • A. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation or their agents or employees owning or occupying any building, premises or other place in the Township of Radnor to operate or permit to be operated any type of machinery, appliance, equipment or hand tool which emits noise beyond the premises upon which said machinery, appliance, equipment or hand tool is being operated or used between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., current time or on any Sunday or legal holiday.
  • B.The Community Development Department shall be authorized to issue permits for emergency construction and repair upon submission of adequate proof of the necessity of such work. [Amended 6-29-1977 by Ordinance Number 77-18]
§ 200-6. Refuse Collection. [Amended 11-26-1979 by Ordinance Number 79-28]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, or their agents or employees, engaged in the collection of garbage, rubbish or refuse in the township to make any such collections between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., current time.

§ 200-7. Violations & Penalties
Any person, persons, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.), plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of such fine and costs, by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days. Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.