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Noise
Variances / Complaints
The Health Services Department issues variances from the Noise Ordinance for construction and community special events. The Police Department enforces the Noise Ordinance. Complaints regarding noise should be directed to the Police Department at 563.589.4415.  Please use our Noise Variance Application if you would like to apply for a variance. 

Animals & Fowl
The keeping of, upon any premises, owned, controlled or occupied by any person, any animal or fowl which, by sound or cry, shall cause annoyance or discomfort to a person of normal sensibilities is prohibited.

Construction Noise
The creation of any loud and excessive noise resulting from erection, excavation, demolition, alteration, or repair of any structure or building except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, is prohibited.

Lawn Mowers & Garden Tools
Powered equipment, such as lawn mowers, small lawn and garden tools, riding tractors that are necessary for the maintenance of property may operate between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and sunset, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to sunset on Saturday and Sunday.

Pile Drivers & Pneumatic Hammers
The operation of any pile driver, pneumatic hammer, derrick, power hoist or other construction equipment, except between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, is prohibited. Machinery must be equipped with effective muffling device.

Refuse / Recycling Collection
The collection of garbage, trash, refuse or recyclables in any area zoned residential except between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. of any day, is prohibited.

Snow Removal Equipment
Snow removal equipment may be operated at any time.

Vehicle Repair
The creation of loud and excessive noise resulting from the repair or rebuilding of any motor vehicle within any residential area except between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily, is prohibited.

Outdoor Music / Amplified Noise
The making or continuing to make any outdoor music or amplified noise is prohibited from 10:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friday through Sunday.


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