What is a Noise Disturbance Violation?

What Constitutes a Noise Disturbance Violation?

There are many things that can constitute a noise disturbance; a barking dog, a loud party, a fight or disturbance, construction equipment, delivery and trash vehicles. The key to the entire issue is REASONABLENESS!! What is reasonable at noon on a Saturday may be totally inappropriate at 2:00 AM.

Keep in mind that all of our residents have rights. Just as you may have the right to not have your "peace disturbed" other residents have the right to have a reasonable gathering at their house, play music or cut their lawn. Although you can disturb the peace at anytime of day or night, as a general rule, a legitimate, illegal peace disturbance is most likely to occur between 11 PM and 7 AM. It's always best when neighbors can work together to work out such concerns; when both parties can give a little bit.

Loud Parties
There is no exact standard for what constitutes a peace disturbance when someone is having a party in your neighborhood. Frequency of parties could certainly be a factor; if your neighbor has a party once a year or once every four or five years then it probably isn't a great example of peace disturbance unless it is extremely noisy and carries on late into the night. On the other hand, even a somewhat mild party that goes on weekly or at least very frequently might present a better case in court for a legitimate peace disturbance. Of course the size of the party, the volume level, age of those attending can all be important factors. If you feel your peace is being disturbed by a neighbor's party you should contact the police.

Heavy Equipment, Delivery Vehicles and Trash Pickup
Chesterfield ordinances prohibit the operation of heavy equipment except during daytime hours, within 1,000 feet of a residence, anywhere in Chesterfield. Heavy equipment is defined as everything from air compressors to bulldozers. Daytime is defined as 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday is not included and no heavy equipment can be operated.

Chesterfield ordinances also prohibit any trash pickup, anywhere in the city, prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. and prohibit large delivery trucks from parking on the commercial parking lots in Chesterfield Valley with their engines idling overnight.