Noise Ordinance
  1. Noise Prohibited Generally

1. It shall be unlawful for any person occupying or having charge of any building or premises or any part thereof in the Town of Henniker, to make, continue, or cause to be made or continued any unreasonably loud noise which either disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, within the limits of the town. Such acts committed between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM Sunday through Thursday and between the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM on Friday and Saturday shall constitute prima facie evidence of a violation of this ordinance.

  1. Exceptions to the Chapter Provisions

1. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to persons or businesses operating machinery or making other noise which is created out of the necessity to operate the business and or produce a product manufactured by that business.

2. The provisions of thiss chapter shall not apply to persons operating vehicles or equipment while engaged in snow clearance or snow removal operations, or other highway maintenance activiies.

  1. Specific Violations Enumerated

  1. The Following acts, among others, are declared to be unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter, but the enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive, namely:

a. Schools, courts, churches. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school, institution of learning, church or court while the same are in use, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of such institution, provided conspicuous signs are displayed in such streets indicating that the same is a school, court or church street. The prohibition shall not include any construction company or town crew engaged in the construction or repair of any sidewalk, roadway, or building providing the required permits have been lawfully obtained from the Board of Selectman.

b. Horns, signaling devices, etc. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, streetcar or other vehicle except as a danger warning; the creation by means of any signaling device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound; the sounding of any such device of any loud or harsh sound; the sounding of any such device for an unnecessary and unreasonable period of time; and the use of any signaling device except one used by hand or electricity; the use of any horn, whistle or other device operated by engine exhaust; and use of any such signaling device when traffic is for any reason held up.

c. Loudspeakers, amplifiers for advertising. The using, operating or permiting to be played, used, or operated of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for producing or reproducing of sound which is cast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or attracting the attention of the public to any building or structure in such a manner that the reasonable peace and good order of the neighborhood is disturbed or that persons, owning, using, or occupying property in the neighborhood is disturbed or annoyed.

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