RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough has unanimously introduced its new noise ordinance, which is modeled after the one for the state of New Jersey.
According to Raritan Mayor Charles McMullin, the ordinance is an adoption of the state noise ordinance, with state rules regarding decibel levels in the borough.
Attorney Paul Rizzo said it is a state model for a municipal noise ordinance.
“It’s very detailed and involved with a lot of standards,” he said. “The county will be the enforcer.”
The decibel level, McMullin said, is the one allowed by the state.
“This is providing stronger details, enabling stronger enforcement,” Rizzo said.
Rizzo said they sent the ordinance to the county too, and there were no objections to it.
The ordinance applies to sound from industrial facilities, commercial facilities, community service facilities, residential properties, public spaces and more.
Noise control officers will have the authority to investigate suspected violations of the ordinance at any time.
The ordinance also accounts for impulsive sound, which cannot exceed 80 decibels between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., and again between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Sound levels in residential properties, when measured outdoors, cannot exceed 65 decibels from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 50 decibels from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. In commercial properties, sound levels cannot exceed 65 decibels, 24 hours a day.
For indoors, sound levels cannot exceed 55 decibels in residential properties from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 40 decibels from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. For commercial properties, it cannot exceed 55 decibels.
The ordinance also outlines decibel levels for sound production devices and more, and discusses restricted activities regarding home maintenance tools, landscaping equipment and more.
Approval for the ordinance will be expected at the Aug. 21 meeting.