Disorderly Practices & Noise


The Manheim Township Police Department is tasked with enforcing the local ordinance governing Disorderly Practices & Noise


§ 216-1. Unlawful acts. [Amended 3-14-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-03]
A.  Any person who shall commit or cause to be committed any act, word or conduct causing a breach of the peace and good order of the Township shall be guilty of disorderly practices in violation of this chapter if that person:

     (1) Causes any danger, discomfort or unreasonable annoyance to any of the inhabitants of the Township or users of the Township thoroughfares or public areas, including but not limited to anyone who shall willfully make any loud, boisterous or unseemly noise or disturbance; or

     (2) Fights or quarrels or incites others to fight or quarrel; or

     (3) Congregates with others upon any of the Township thoroughfares or other public areas of the Township to the reasonable annoyance of peaceable residents nearby or users of any Township thoroughfares or public areas by the use of obscene or other offensive language or by threatening conduct; or

     (4) Loiters near or in the entrances to commercial establishments, whether on public or private property, or any place of public Resort, whether public or private, or upon any private property within the Township without the consent of the owners thereof, whereby the public peace is broken or disturbed or the traveling public reasonably annoyed by obscene or other offensive language, by loud or boisterous noise, by threatening conduct, or by blocking entrance to such an establishment; or

     (5) At any time makes any sound which reasonably annoys or disturbs humans or which reasonably causes an adverse psychological or physiological effect on humans, in a manner that the sound is heard across property lines or through tenant walls or between one dwelling unit and another, or in a manner that the sound is heard in excess of 50 feet from the source of the sound.

B. The sounds in Subsection A(5) of this section are any sound and may typically include, but are not limited to, such things as motor vehicles and motor vehicle accessories, domestic power tools, motorized lawn and garden equipment, loading and unloading vehicles, powered model vehicles, street sales, motor vehicle repairs and testing, unnecessary horn blowing, sound trucks, public address systems, radios, TV's, stereos/CD players and musical instruments.

C.  The use of domestic power tools, powered model vehicles, motor vehicle repairs and testing, radios, TV's, stereos/CD players and musical instruments or any other sound which has the effect described in Subsection A(5) of this section outside the confines of a dwelling or commercial structure, the use of motorized lawn and garden equipment, sound trucks or public address systems or street sales, unnecessary horn blowing, or unnecessary idling or revving of motorcycles or truck tractors are prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.


§ 216-2. Exemptions.
The following are exempted from the provisions of this chapter:
A. Amplified and non-amplified activities approved by the Township Manager-Secretary or designee, which may include but not be limited to athletic events, concerts, block parties, church carnivals, or other publicly or privately sponsored events.

B. Emergency work: sounds caused by the performance of emergency work or by the ordinary and accepted use of emergency apparatus and equipment.

C. Municipal and utility services: sounds resulting from the repair/management or replacement of any municipal or utility installation in or about the public right-of-way.

D. Warning devices: sounds made by warning devices operating continuously for three minutes or less, except that, in the event of an actual emergency, the time limit shall not apply.

E. Unusual/extreme weather conditions.  Where unusual or extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, pollen advisories, rain, snow, or other condition that would affect the health and safety of persons working therein, restrict the ability of persons to work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., upon application to and permission from the Manheim Township Police Department, such persons may engage in activities between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that may cause sounds otherwise prohibited.


§ 216-3. Violations and penalties.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000, and costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment for not more than 30 days, as authorized by law.