Sec. 6-114. Excessive or Unreasonable Noise

(a) Findings. It is recognized that excessive noise endangers physical and emotional health and will being, interferes with legitimate business and recreational activities, depresses property values, offends the senses, creates public nuisances, and in other respects reduces the quality of our environment.

(b) Adoption of state provisions. The applicable provision of the Illinois Pollution Control Board Rules and Regulations pertaining to noise from stationary sources are hereby adopted in full as subsequently amended.

(c) Vehicular noises generally.

(1) No person shall sound any horn or audible signal device or any motor vehicle of any kind while not in motion, nor shall such horn or signal be sounded under any circumstances except as required by law, nor shall it be sounded for any unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.

(2) It shall be unlawful and it is hereby declared a public nuisance for any person, owner and/or operator, to make unnecessary and annoying noises with a motor vehicle, any loud use of audio equipment, sound amplification equipment, squealing tires, excessive acceleration or an engine, or by emitting unnecessary and loud muffler noises so that it annoys, injures, or endangers the comfort, health or safety of others, or that can be heard outside the vehicle from seventy-five (75) feet or more when he vehicle is being operated or parked.

(d) Unregistered recreational or off-highway vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any person to operated a motor driven vehicle of a type not subject to registration for road use, at any time within the city limits of Oregon. This will include the use of said vehicles on public or private property inside the city limits of Oregon.

(e) Construction noise. It shall be unlawful for any person to use any hammer or power-operated tool for repair or construction purposes between the house of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. within six hundred (600) feet of any building used for residential purposes. Repairs to public service utilities shall be exempted from this section.

(f) Ground maintenance equipment. It shall be unlawful to operated any power-driven lawn or garden maintenance equipment between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. within six hundred (600) feed on any building used for residential purposes.

(g) Miscellaneous noise sources. It shall be unlawful to operate the following equipment outdoors between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. within six hundred (600) feet of any building used for residential purposes.

(1) Battery or other power-operated models including automobiles, boats and aircraft;
(2) Sound trucks and public address systems;
(3) Musical Instruments
(4) Radios, Television sets, cd players, tape decks and phonographs;
(5) Factory time whistles;
(6) Church bells and carillons;
(7) Garbage collection truck between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

(h) Radios, televisions, boom boxes, phonographs, stereos, musical instruments and similar devices: The use or operation of a radio, television, boom box, stereo, musical instrument, or similar device that produces or reproduces sound in a manner that is plainly audible to any person other then the player(s) or operator(s) of the device, and those who are voluntarily listening to the sound, and which unreasonably disturbs the peace, quiet, and comfort of neighbors and passer-by, or is plainly audible at a distance of seventy-five (75) feet from any person in a commercial, industrial area, or public space. The use or operation of a radio, television, boom box, stereo, musical instrument, or similar device that produces sound in a manner that is plainly audible to any person other then the player(s) or operator(s) of the device, and those who are voluntarily listening to the sound, and unreasonably disturbs the peace, quiet, and comfort of neighbors in residential or noise sensitive areas, including multi-family or single-family dwellings. This subsection shall not apply to violations of 5/12-611 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

(I) Animal Noise. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, have in his possession, or harbor any animal which by frequent or habitual emission or generation of noise shall cause annoyance or disturbance to persons in the neighborhood, provided that the provision of this sections shall not apply to hospital conducted for the treatment of animals or to premises used by the city for the confinement of stray animals.

Exceptions to regulations. The following are exempt from the above regulations:

(1) Sirens and bells on emergency vehicles

(2) Fire and burglary alarms

(3) Civil Defense warning systems.

(4) Train whistles and horns.

(5) Authorized fireworks displays.

(6) Authorized concerts and parades.

(j) Penalties. Any person found guilty of violating, disobeying, omitting, neglecting, or refusing to comply with, or resisting or opposing the enforcement of any of the provisions of these regulations, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300.00) for the first offense, and not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor morn than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the second and each subsequent offense, in any on hundred eighty (180) day period. A separate and distinct offense shall be regarded as committed each day on which such person shall continue or permit such violation, or failure to comply after notification thereof.
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CURFEW FOR JUVENILES  Sec. 6-84

A juvenile, or minor is any person under the age of eighteen (18), in other words, any persons seventeen (17) years of age or less.

Curfew for Juveniles.  It shall be unlawful for any person seventeen (17) or less years of age (under 18) to be or remain in or upon the streets within the City of Oregon at night during the period ending at 5:00a.m. and beginning:

1) At 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, and

2) 11:00 p.m. on all other nights.

This page was last updated on: April 7, 2014
PERMITTING DOGS TO RUN AT LARGE  Sec. 6-38

It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper to suffer or permit any dog to run at large in the streets, alleys or public places in the city or upon the private premises of any person other than the owner thereof.  The running at large of any dog in the city is hereby declared to be a nuisance.  The Mayor or any Commissioner, officer or agent of the city is hereby authorized, and it shall be the duty of the Chief of Police and Officers of the City, and of such other officers or persons as the Mayor may from time to time designate, to abate said nuisance.
PARKING AFTER A SNOWSTORM  Sec. 10-50

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle on any public street in the city at any time after a snowfall of one (1) inch or more has accumulated unless the snow has been plowed or otherwise removed from the street in the areas surrounding all sides of the parked vehicle except:

1.  Vehicles may be parked on that side of the street where the even numbered buildings are or would be located between the hours of 7:00 a.m. of that day, and 7:00 a.m. of the following day on even calendar days.

2.  Vehicles may be parked on that side of the street where odd numbered buildings are or would be located between the hours of 7:00 a.m. that day 7:00 a.m. of the following day on odd calendar days.

Any person who violates this subsection shall be fined thirty dollars ($30.00).

The police department has the authority to tow away any vehicle in violation of the above schedule.
Article IV.  INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES

Sec. 10-86 Definition.

For the purposes of this article, the words "inoperable motor vehicle" shall mean any motor vehicle from which, for a period of at least 7 days, the engine, wheels, or other parts have been removed or on which the engine, wheels or other parts have been altered, damaged, or otherwise so treated that the vehicle is incapable of being legally driven under it's own motor power, whether located on private or public property.  An "inoperable motor vehicle" shall not include a motor vehicle which has been rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under it's own motor power in order to perform ordinary service or repairs, or any motor vehicle which is kept within a building when not in use, a historic motor vehicle, or one kept on the premises of a place of business engaged in the wrecking or junking of motor vehicles.

Sec. 10-87 Penalty.

The owner or operator of any inoperable motor vehicle found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine of not less that $10.00 nor more that $25.00 for each day each vehicle is allowed to remain under his control after the specified time for disposing of the vehicle has expired.

Sec. 10-88 Enforcement.

The Chief of Police and members of the police department shall enforce the provisions of this article.

Sec. 10-89. Nuisance declared.

Any inoperable motor vehicle is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and the city shall cause the owner or operator of such vehicle to be notified of this fact. The notice shall state that such person is to dispose of any inoperable motor vehicles under his or her control within seven (7) days.

The chief of police may authorize the removal of any such inoperable motor vehicle and the parts thereof if the owner, operator or owner of the property upon which such inoperable motor vehicle is located, has not removed the vehicle within seven (7) days after notice.

(Code 1970, § 8-10-2; Ord. No. 885, § 8-10-2, 5-14-84; Ord. No. 1036, 3-22-93; Ord. No. 09-110, 8-24-2009)

Cross reference— Nuisances generally, § 6-76 et seq.

Ordinance No. 1161  Passed and Approved April 9th, 2001


Sec. 5-22  UNLAWFUL BURNING.

Only dry branches, leaves, and grass clippings can be burned in the city limits.  Branches shall not exceed one and half inches in diameter.  No burning shall commence prior to 10:00 a.m., nor shall it be allowed later than sunset.  All non-recreational fires must be extinguished by sunset. Smoldering is not allowed at any time.  Burning permitted no earlier than March 1st and shall end no later than November 30th of each year.  No burning shall take place on any right of way, street, or alley in the city limits.  All fires and burning shall be supervised and attended at all times by an adult.  No yard waste shall be transported into the city limits from outside of the city.  Any person convicted of violating this section shall be fined not less that $50.00 dollars, and not more that $500.00 dollars.
OREGON CITY CODE
Ordinance No. 1199

Sec. 10-136 MOTORIZED SCOOTERS

(A) All motorized scooters shall be operated and maintained in such a manner as to comply with all laws of this State and ordinances of this City governing the operation of motor vehicles, except as otherwise provided herein.

(B) No person other that the driver shall operate a motorized scooter.  No passenger shall be allowed to ride with the driver on an electric scooter.

(C) No motorized scooter shall be allowed to travel on the streets, alleys, or pubic ways within the City of Oregon, except as provided herein.  Motorized scooters shall only be allowed to operated on the sidewalks in the City. This section shall supersede the definition of motor vehicle regarding the restriction prohibiting a motor vehicle from operating on the bike trail route. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, an motorized scooter may operate on a crosswalk in the City if the operator of the motorized scooter is sixteen (16) years of age or older and not electric scooter shall be allowed to operate on the sidewalks or crosswalks in the business district or any other location in the City where the operation of bicycles is prohibited.

(D) The operator of a motorized scooter shall be required to comply with all the safety rules and regulations as may be provided by the City or bicycle operators in the City.

(E) No motorized scooter shall be operated at a speed greater than twelve (12) miles per hour at any time or at any location within the City.

(F) No one not yet the age of eight (8) years old shall be allowed to operated a motorized scooter on any public property within the City limits.

(G) All operators of a motorized scooter who are at least 8 years old and not yet sixteen (16) years of age shall be required at all times to properly wear a helmet.

(H) Any violation of this Section shall be subject to the general penalty provisions as set forth in Section 10-135 in this Chapter.