Thursday, May 9, 2013

All Things Noisy and Loud – Part 2

Barking dogs, loud parties, and construction are all things we see more of during the warmer months of the year.  And the more we see of them, the less patience we have for them.  We covered all things noisy and loud in regards to motor vehicles.  This time we’re going over a few of the other noise complaints we commonly receive.

The barking dog that just goes on and on and on is something you might have endured yourself at some point.  They are one of our most common types of noise complaints.  There is an understanding that dogs bark, but allowing a dog to be unreasonably loud or disturbing to the point that it disrupts the peace and quiet of a reasonable person in the neighborhood, well, that’s where we start to take notice. 

Now, there is a bit more to it than just being loud and disturbing.  Keeping in mind dogs will be dogs, a formal complaint has to involve an ongoing barking issue.  A dog that barks for a few minutes and then is stopped by the owner doesn’t qualify.  The ordinance specifically says the animal barks, howls or emits audible sounds, without provocation from the complainant, with intensity and duration.  What’s duration?  The Animal Control Officers advise they use a thirty-minute time frame as a measure.

Are you now asking yourself, “How long do I have to listen to construction, the neighbor’s yard work, or even their automotive repair before I can call?”  Don’t worry, we’re about to answer that question.  Generally speaking, these types of noise complaints become an issue between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.  So if you decide to rebuild your deck, mow your lawn or tune your hot rod in the middle of the night, don’t be too surprised to see us stopping by for a visit.

This finally brings us to the loud party call.  Unless you’ve invited all your neighbors and there’s no one left to be upset, parties that can be heard across any property boundary line and include operating, playing, or permitting any sound amplification or producing device to go on between the hours of 12:00 am (midnight) and 6:00 am are likely going to be called in to the police department.  We don’t like being the spoiler of a good time, but unfortunately sometimes we do have to offer a reminder that not everyone was invited to the party.

There are a few other less common types of noise complaints. Some have to do with trash collection in the early morning hours and others have to do with motor homes or semi trucks with sleepers running their air conditioning units in the middle of the night.   These are subject to the 10:00 pm to 7:00 am time frame and “across property boundary lines” we addressed with construction, yard work and automotive repairs.

That just leaves us with one question to ask at the end of all this… heard enough yet?  Well then, call us if you need to.