The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this code, but this enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
   (A)   The sounding of any horn or signal device, or any device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle while not in motion, except as a danger signal if another vehicle is approaching apparently out of control, or, if in motion, only as a danger signal after, or as, brakes are being applied and deceleration of the vehicle is intended; the creation by means of the signal device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; and the sounding of the device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time;
   (B)   The use of any gong or siren upon any vehicle, other than police, fire or other emergency vehicle;
   (C)   The use or operation of any piano, manual or automatic, phonograph, radio, television, loudspeaker or any other instrument or sound-amplifying device so loudly as to disturb persons in the vicinity thereof, or in a manner as to render the same a public nuisance; provided, however, that, upon application to the Chief of Police, permits may be granted to responsible organizations to produce programs in music, speeches or general entertainment;
   (D)   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 the vicinity;
   (E)   The use of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle so out-of-repair, so loaded, or in a manner as to create loud or unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise, or in a manner as to cause squealing or screeching of the tires, or in a manner as to cause the tires to propel rock, sand or gravel;
   (F)   The blowing of any steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler, except to give notice of the time to begin or stop work or as a warning of danger;
   (G)   The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noise therefrom;
   (H)   The use of any mechanical device operated by compressed air unless the noise created is effectively muffled and reduced;
   (I)   The erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building in a residential or business district other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., on weekdays, except in the case of urgent necessity in the interest of public safety and then only with a permit from the Building Inspector, which permit may be renewed for a period of three days or less while the emergency continues;
   (J)   The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning or court while the same are in session or within 150 feet of any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the working of the institution; provided, however, that, conspicuous signs are displayed in the streets indicating that the same is a school, court or hospital street;
   (K)   The creation of loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers;
   (L)   The sounding of any bell or gong attached to any building or premises which disturbs the quiet or repose of persons in the vicinity thereof;
   (M)   The shouting and crying of peddlers, barkers, hawkers and vendors which disturbs the quiet and peace of the neighborhood;
   (N)   The use of any drum, loudspeaker or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance, show or sale, or display of merchandise;
   (O)   The use of any mechanical loudspeakers or amplifiers on trucks or other moving vehicles for advertising purposes or other purposes; provided, however, that, the use by any governmental unit for a public purpose shall be excepted from this prohibition;
   (P)   The conducting, operating or maintaining of any garage or service station so as to cause loud or offensive noises to be emitted therefrom between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.; and/or
   (Q)   The firing or discharging of a gun, squibs, crackers, gunpowder or other combustible substance on the streets or elsewhere for the purpose of making noise or disturbance, except by permit from the Chief of Police.
(1989 Code, § 12-7; 2003 Code, § 7-5.2)