Sec. 26-57. Exemptions.
The following specific activities are exempt from the provisions of Sections 26-55 and 26-56 herein:
(a) Sound created by the operation of domestic power tools such as power lawn mowers, chain saws, weed eaters, etc. provided the operation of said equipment is limited between the hours of 7:00 o'clock a.m. and 9:00 o'clock p.m. and such equipment is operated with a standard muffler or sound dissipating devices.
(b) Sound generated by the construction, repair, maintenance, remodeling, demolition, alteration, grading or other improvement of real property, streets, sewers or utility lines, provided such sound is limited between the hours of 7:00 o'clock a.m. and 9:00 o'clock p.m..
(c) Sound generated by the operation of any governmental function.
(d) Radios, sirens, horns and bells on police, fire or other emergency response vehicles.
(e) Parades, fireworks or other special events or activities for which a permit has been issued by the city, within such hours as may be imposed as a condition for the issuance of the permit.
(f) Religious services, religious events or religious activities, including, but not limited to music, bells, chimes and organs which are a part of such religious activity.
(g) Sound amplifying equipment used at public parks or recreation fields provided the operation of such equipment has been approved by the department of parks and recreation.
(h) Non-commercial public speaking and public assembly activities conducted on any public right-of-way or public property for which a permit has been issued by the city, within such conditions as may be imposed as a condition for the issuance of the permit.
(i) Band performances or practices, athletic contests or practices and other school-sponsored activities on the grounds of public or private schools, provided that such activities have been authorized by school officials.
(j) Fire alarms and burglar alarms, prior to the giving of notice and a reasonable opportunity for the owner or tenant in possession of the premises served by any such alarm to turn off the alarm.
(k) Sound generated for the purpose of alerting persons to the existence of an emergency, or the emission of sound in the performance of emergency work.
(l) Activities for which the regulation of noise has been preempted by federal law.
(m) Religious or political gatherings and other activities protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
(n) The movement of aircraft or trains which is conducted in accordance with or pursuant to applicable federal laws and regulations. (Ord. No. O-91-170, 7-9-91, eff. 9-1-91.)
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