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It is unlawful for any person to cause, or for any person in possession of property to allow to originate from the property, sound that is a public disturbance noise.

(1) Public Disturbance Noises, Day and Night. Sounds resulting from the following activities, occurring at any hour of the day or night, are determined to be public disturbance noises.

(a) Keeping or harboring any animal or animals whose frequent, repetitive or continuous noisemaking unreasonably interferes with the peace and comfort of persons in rural or residential districts, except farm animals in zones where farm animals are allowed and except the keeping or harboring of animals in commercial kennels, animal shelters, veterinary hospitals, pet shops, and grooming parlors which are in compliance with noise impact mitigation measures designed to meet the standards of SCC 10.01.030(2) and SCC 10.01.040(1) required as a part of a conditional use permit or SEPA determination issued by the Hearing Examiner or Department of Planning and Development Services.

(b) The use of unmuffled exhaust systems on motor vehicles, off-road vehicles and recreational watercraft.

(c) Creation of frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds in connection with starting, repairing, operating or testing of motor vehicles, off-road vehicles, or internal combustion engines in a manner that interferes with the peace and comfort of persons in rural or residential districts.

(d) The frequent, repetitive or continuous sounding of any horn or siren attached to a motor vehicle, expect as a warning of danger or as specifically permitted or required by law.

(e) The making of any loud and raucous sound within one thousand feet of any school, hospital, sanitarium, nursing or convalescent facility, which unreasonably interferes with the use of such facility, or with the peace, comfort, or repose of persons therein.

(f) The use of a sound amplifier on public streets for commercial advertising or for the purpose of attracting attention to the vehicle, except as permitted by law, provided that ice cream vendors whose sole method of sale is from a moving vehicle shall be exempted.

(g) The creation, by use of a musical instrument, sound amplifier or other device capable of producing or reproducing sound, of sounds heard as comprehensible music rhythms or felt:

(i) Within a residence not originating the noise, or

(ii) Outdoors in a commercial, rural or residential district at a distance of 75 feet or more from the noise source. Such sounds include band sessions, automobile sound systems, and electronic sound reproduction equipment whether the source of the sound is stationary, portable, or in a motor vehicle.

(2) Public Disturbance Noises, at Night in Rural or Residential Districts. Sounds resulting from the following activities are determined to be public disturbance noises when they occur at night and noise is received on property in a rural or residential district.

(a) Operation within a rural or residential district of any mechanically powered saw, drill, sander, grinder, blower, fan, garden tool or similar device, except devices engaged in emergency work exempted under section SCC 10.01.050 (1)(g).

(b) Operating or permitting someone to operate an internal combustion powered model.

(c) Construction activity, including blasting, unless a public disturbance exemption permit pursuant to SCC 10.01.050(6) is obtained.

(d) The operation or idling, for more than ten minutes at a time, of stationary trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR, except vehicles engaged in emergency work exempted under section 10.01.050(1)(g).

(e) The sounding of bells, chimes or carillons.

(f) The creation by use of a musical instrument, whistle, human voice, sound amplifier, or other device capable of producing or reproducing sound, of loud and raucous sounds which emanate frequently, repetitively or continuously from any building, structure, vehicle or property, such as sounds originating from a band session, automobile sound system or social gathering.

(3) Exemptions from SCC 10.01.040. Sounds resulting from activities identified in SCC 10.01.040(1) and 10.01.040(2) shall not be considered public disturbance noises if:

(a) The activity which produces the noise is operated in conformance with a valid Conditional Use Permit; and

(b) The Conditional Use Permit establishes conditions designed to meet the standards of chapter 10.01 SCC; and

(c) Sounds resulting from activities exempt from SCC 10.01.040(1) and (2) pursuant to this section are not exempt from SCC 10.01.030.

No sound source specifically exempted from provisions of this chapter by SCC 10.01.050 (1), 10.01.050 (2), 10.01.050 (3), 10.01.050 (4), 10.01.050 (5), 10.01.050 (6), or 10.01.050 (7) may be determined to be a public disturbance noise, to the extent that the particular source is exempted. (Added by Ord. 97-023 § 1, June 4, 1997, Eff date Jan. 1, 1998; Amended by Ord. 12-021, May 16, 2012, Eff date May 31, 2012).