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18-3. Loud And Disturbing Noise Prohibited.
A. 
Subject to the provisions of this section, it is prohibited in Henderson County to create, cause or 
allow the continuance of any unreasonably loud, disturbing noise. Noise of such character, 
intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of any reasonable person
of ordinary firmness and sensibilities in the vicinity is prohibited. For the purposes of this section, 
the following definitions shall apply: 
(1) 
"Unreasonably loud": noise which is substantially incompatible with the time and 
location where created to the extent that it creates an actual or imminent interference with
peace and good order. 
(2)
"Disturbing": noise which is perceived by a person of ordinary firmness and sensibilities 
as interrupting the normal peace and calm of the area. 
B. 
In determining whether a noise is unreasonably loud and disturbing, the following factors incident 
to such noise are to be considered: 
(1) 
Time of day; 
(2) 
Proximity to residential structures; 
(3) 
Whether the noise is recurrent, intermittent or constant; 
(4) 
The volume and intensity; 
(5) 
Whether the noise has been enhanced in volume or range by any type of mechanical 
means; 
(6) 
The nature and zoning of the area; 
(7) 
Whether the noise is related to the normal operation of a business or other labor activity 
or is the result of some use for individual purposes; and 
(8) 
Whether the noise is subject to being controlled without unreasonable effort or expense to
the creator thereof. 
C. 
The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud and disturbing in violation of this 
section if they annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of any reasonable person of ordinary 
firmness and sensibilities in the vicinity where created, caused, or continued, but this enumeration 
shall not be deemed to be exclusive. 
(1) 
The use of any loud, boisterous or raucous language, yelling, or shouting, whether or not 
amplified. 
(2)
The congregation of persons at and participation in any party or gathering of people from
which noise emanates of a sufficient volume or of such nature as to disturb the peace, 
quiet and comfort of any reasonable person of ordinary firmness and sensibilities in the 
vicinity. 
(3) 
The keeping, owning, possessing, harboring or controlling of any animal or bird which 
barks, bays, yelps, howls, cries, squawks or makes any other unreasonably loud,  
disturbing noise continuously or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or intermittently 
for a period of 30 minutes or more, thereby causing a noise disturbance.
See also Henderson County Code Chapter 16, Animals. 
(4) 
The playing of any radio, television, phonograph, drum, musical instrument, or sound 
production, reproduction or amplification equipment in such manner or with such 
volume, particularly during the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., so as to annoy 
or disturb the peace, quiet, comfort or repose of any person of ordinary firmness and 
sensibilities in the vicinity. 
(5) 
The playing of any radio, cassette player, compact disc, or other similar device for 
production or reproduction of sound located in or on any motor vehicle on a public street,
highway, within a public vehicular area, within the motor vehicular area of any public or 
private parking lot or park or on the premises of a private residence in any unreasonably 
loud or disturbing manner as defined above. 
(6) 
The intentional sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, 
bus or other vehicle except as a danger signal or as required by law, so as to create any 
unreasonably loud or disturbing noise as defined above, or the sounding of such a device 
for an unnecessary and/or the sounding of such a device for an unreasonable period of 
time. 
  
(7) 
The operation of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle, or remote control model 
vehicle in such a manner as to create loud grating, grinding, rattling, screeching of tires, 
or other unreasonably loud or disturbing noise. 
(8) 
The repair, rebuilding or testing of any motor vehicle, particularly during the hours 
between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., which creates unreasonably loud and disturbing 
noises. 
(9) 
Operating or permitting the operation of any motor vehicle or motorcycle not equipped 
with a muffler or other device in good working order so as to effectively prevent loud or 
explosive noises therefrom or which has its muffler-exhaust or other noise control 
equipment removed, altered or maintained in such disrepair as to create unreasonably 
loud and disturbing noises. 
(10) 
Operating or permitting the operation of any motor vehicle or motorcycle that engages in 
jackrabbit starts, spinning tires, racing engines or other operations which create
unreasonably loud and disturbing noises. 
(11) 
The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of 
learning, library or sanitarium, or court while the same is in session, or adjacent to any 
hospital or any church during services, which unreasonably interferes with the working of
such institution. 
(12) 
The firing, shooting or discharging of any firearm for the sole purpose of making noise or
disturbance.