No person in an open space or within a structure, whether on public or private property, shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 150 or more feet from the sound amplification system.

(Ord. 668, Sec. 1; Code 2012)

For the purpose of this ordinance, “sound amplification system” means any radio, tape player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or other electronic device used for the amplification of sound.

For the purpose of this ordinance, “plainly audible” means any sound produced by a sound amplification system which clearly can be heard at a distance of 150 feet or more. Measurement standards shall be by the auditory senses, based upon direct line of sight. Words or phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberations are included.

(Ord. 668, Sec. 2; Code 2012)

It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this section that the operator was not otherwise prohibited by law from operating the sound amplification system, and that either of the following apply:

(a)      The system was being operated to request medical or other emergency assistance or to warn of a hazardous condition;

(b)     The system was used in authorized public activities, such as parades, fireworks, sports events, musical productions and other activities which have the approval of the Governing Body of the City of Goddard or the department of the City of Goddard authorized to grant such approval.

(Ord. 668, Sec. 3; Code 2012)