Amplified Music Noise Ordinance for Unincorporated Monterey County, CA
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Tired of being kept up all night every weekend with loud amplified music/parties on private properties from inconsiderate neighbors in North Monterey County, Prunedale, Monterey County areas? This problem has gotten out of hand over the years and it is time to put a halt to this noise pollution and these people that are impairing hearing, impeding convalescence, hindering concentrated mental effort, interfering with relaxation and sleep, depreciating property values, and causing stress and nervous tension and consequent irritability, insomnia, accident proneness, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
Monterey County has Noise Ordinance 10.60 Noise Control that allows noises based off of decibel levels and not by distance.
Many communities have enacted laws defining maximum levels for amplified noise (similar to muffler laws for autos). City governments can amend the community noise ordinance to add these provisions, enact a whole new ordinance that includes these provisions, or enact this law to stand alone. The only real difference is the distance from the the noise source from which a violation is determined, which varies in feet in most ordinances.
What we want to accomplish with this Petition is simple. We want a amendment to the current Noise Ordinance to include Amplified Music. This amendment would help not just those affected by this disturbance but the Sheriff's department to control this growing problem in our area.
Below is a “SAMPLE” of the ordinance wording that can directly help this excessive noise/music level on a much greater scale than what is currently in place. The “actual” wording of the amendment would be subject to our Supervisors and County Counsels changes and approval.
Model Amplified Noise Code
“Plainly audible” means any sound that can be detected by a person using his or her unaided hearing faculties. As an example, if the sound source under investigation is a portable or personal vehicular sound amplification or reproduction device, the enforcement officer need not determine the title of a song, specific words, or the artist performing the song. The detection of the rhythmic bass component of the music is sufficient to constitute a plainly audible sound.
RESTRICTED USES AND ACTIVITIES
(1)Personal or commercial music amplification or reproduction equipment shall not be operated in such a manner that it is plainly audible at a distance of 150 feet in any direction from the operator between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., sound from such equipment shall not be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet in any direction from the operator. (2)Self-contained, portable, hand-held music or sound amplification or reproduction equipment shall not be operated on a public space or public right-of-way in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet in any direction from the operator between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., sound from such equipment shall not be plainly audible by any person other than the operator.
Disturbing, excessive, offensive noises—Declaration of certain acts constituting.
The following activities, are declared to be deemed disturbing, excessive or offensive noises and any of the following shall constitute prima facie evidence of a violation.
2. The operation of any sound amplifier, which is part of, or connected to, any radio, stereo receiver, compact disc player, cassette tape player, or other similar device when operated in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of fifty feet from the source point or when operated in such a manner as to cause a person to be aware of vibration at a distance of fifty feet or more from the source point."
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