The purpose of this noise ordinance is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of Willow River by establishing regulations governing the emission of noise and the control of excessive and unnecessary noise within the city limits.
SECTION 2: DEFINITIONS
• Noise: Any unwanted, disturbing, or intrusive sound that disrupts the peace and quiet of the community. • Residential Area: Any area within the city where the primary use is residential, including single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, and similar areas. • Commercial Area: Any area within the city zoned for commercial or industrial purposes.
SECTION 3: PROHIBITED NOISE ACTIVITIES
Quiet Hours: It shall be unlawful for any person, business, or entity to engage in activities that produce noise exceeding reasonable limits during the designated quiet hours:
• Weekdays (Monday to Friday): 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday): 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Construction Noise: Construction activities producing noise, including but not limited to construction equipment, power tools, and construction vehicle operation, shall be limited as follows:
• Weekdays: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM • Weekends: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Vehicular Noise: It shall be prohibited to operate any vehicle, including motorcycles and trucks, equipped with loud exhaust systems or making loud engine noises that disturb the peace and quiet of the community.
SECTION 4: PERMITTED NOISE ACTIVITIES
Emergency Activities: Noise generated by emergency services, including police, fire, and medical services, is exempt from this ordinance.
Permitted Events: Noise resulting from permitted special events, parades, and public gatherings shall be subject to guidelines issued by the city authorities.
SECTION 5: ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES
Complaints: Complaints regarding noise disturbances can be made to the local law enforcement agency.
Penalties: Violations of this noise ordinance are punishable by petty misdemeanor, resulting in a fine up to $300.
SECTION 6: EXEMPTIONS
Government Activities: Noise generated by government operations, such as street repairs, utility maintenance, and public construction, is exempt from this ordinance.
Recreational Facilities: Noise generated by recreational facilities, such as sports complexes and playgrounds, is permitted during reasonable hours but should not exceed acceptable noise levels.
SECTION 7: VARIANCES
The city may grant variances from the noise limits specified in this ordinance for specific events or activities, provided that such variances are applied for in advance and approved by the appropriate city authorities.
SECTION 8: EFFECTIVE DATE
This noise ordinance shall go into effect upon passage by the city council. All previous noise ordinances or provisions that conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
This noise ordinance is enacted to enhance the quality of life for all residents of Willow River and to maintain a peaceful and harmonious community environment.
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8099 County Hwy 61 PO Box 125 Willow River, MN 55795 phone: (218) 372-3733 fax: (218) 372-3723 email@example.com