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Northeastern Regional Police Department

We know it can be difficult sometimes to know all the different ordinances that a municipality may or may not have.  We often get frequent calls about these ordinances.  This page is designed to give you the information on our most commonly explained or misunderstood ordinances for your municipality.  Since we cover the three municipalities of Mount Wolf Borough, Manchester Borough and East Manchester Township, we thought might help to post them her in one location for you to look up and read about for yourself. (Note that we have listed the most asked things about the ordinances on this page, and not the ordiance word for word. We recommend clicking on the link and reading the full ordiance for the municipality.) 

If you cannot find what you are looking for we have provide a link to each municipality's webpage and hopefully you can find it there.  And of course you can always call our department and we will help explain any ordinance that you are looking for.
 Curfew:  It shall be unlawful for any minor to remain in or upon any public place or any establishment between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the  
                following day, official Township time, except that on Fridays and Saturdays the hours shall be from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a 
                parent or to a minor upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by such minor's parent or to any minor who is engaged in gainful lawful 
                employment  during the curfew hours.

Penalty:  Any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall commit a criminal offense, and shall, upon being found guilty by a Magisterial District Judge, 
                after hearing, pay a fine not to exceed $1,000, together with all court costs as permitted by law. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be 
                sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days.
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Noise:    The following acts and the causing thereof are declared to be noise disturbances and in violation of this chapter:
               A. Operating, playing or permitting the operation or playing of any radio, television, phonograph, drum, musical instrument, sound amplifier, auto stereo 
                  or high fidelity equipment or similar device which produces, reproduces or amplifies sound:
                  (1) At any time in such manner as to cause a noise disturbance across a lot line or between the hours of 10:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. of the 
                       following day in such a manner so as to be audible across a lot line of the receiving land use; or
                  (2) In such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across such a lot line or at 50 feet from such source, whichever is less, when the source is
                      operated in, from or on a motor vehicle or hand carried on a public right-of-way or public space; or
                  (3) In such a manner and at a time as to cause a noise disturbance and which disturbs the peace and quiet of the immediate neighborhood.
              B. Engaging in loud or raucous yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets between the hours of 10:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 
                  a.m. of the following day; or at any time or place in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance.
              C. Operating or permitting the operation of any tools or equipment used in construction operations, drilling or demolition or other work or in the sweeping of 
                   parking lots in areas adjacent to residential districts or within 1,000 feet of residential districts between the hours of 9:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. 
                   of the following day on weekdays and Saturdays or at any time on Sundays or legal holidays, such that the sound therefrom causes a noise disturbance 
                   across a residential lot line of the receiving land use, except for emergency work.
              D. Loading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building material, garbage cans or other objects between the hours of 9:00 p.m. 
                  of one day and 7:00 a.m. of the following day in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance across a residential lot line. This subsection shall not 
                  apply to municipal or utility services in or about the public right-of-way.
              E. Owning, possessing, harboring or controlling any animal or bird which howls, barks, meows, squawks or makes other sounds continuously and/or 
                  incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or makes such noise intermittently for 1/2 hour or more to the disturbance of any person at any time of the day or  
                  night regardless of whether the animal or bird is situated in or upon private property; provided, however, that at the time the animal or bird is making such 
                  noise, no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or bird is situated or for any other cause 
                  which teases or provokes the animal or bird.
              F. Offering for sale or selling by shouting or outcry or by other amplified or unamplified sound except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. of one day and 10:00 
                  p.m. of the same day.
             G. The removal or rendering inoperative by any person other than for purposes of maintenance, repair, replacement or other work of any muffler or sound- 
                  dissipating device or element of design or noise label of any product; the intentional moving or rendering inaccurate or inoperative of any sound-monitoring 
                  instrument or other device positioned by or for the Township or other governmental entity, provided that such device or the immediate area is clearly 
                  labeled or posted to warn of the potential illegality; and the use of a product which has had a noise label removed or rendered inoperative with knowledge 
                  or reason to know that such action has occurred.
              H. Repairing, rebuilding or testing or otherwise working on any motorcycle or other motor vehicle, motorboat or aircraft in such a manner as to cause a noise 
                  disturbance across a lot line of the receiving land use.
               I. Operating or permitting the operation of any electrically powered saw, drill, sander, grinder, lawn or garden tools, snowblower or similar devices used 
                  outdoors between the hours of 10:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. of the following day so as to cause a noise disturbance across a lot line of the 
                  receiving land use.

Exemptions:  The following sounds are exempt from the provisions of this chapter:
                       A. Band concerts, church carnivals or other performances or similar activities publicly or privately sponsored and presented in any public or private
                           space outdoors shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter, provided that such activities do not produce sound 15 dBA in excess of the 
                           sound levels set forth in § 137-6 herein and do not occur between 11:00 p.m. on one day and 10:00 a.m. on the following day.
                       B. Sounds caused by the performance of emergency work or by the ordinary and accepted use of emergency apparatus and equipment.
                       C. Sounds resulting from the repair or replacement of any municipal or utility installation in or about the public right-of-way.
                       D. Sounds not electronically amplified, created by organized school-related programs, activities, athletic and entertainment events or other public 
                            programs, activities or events other than motor vehicle racing events.
                       E. Sounds made by warning devices, including fire sirens, horns or alerting devices, operating continuously for three minutes or less, except that in 
                           the event of an actual emergency, the time limitation shall not apply.

Penalty:     Any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall commit a criminal offense, and shall, upon being found guilty by a Magisterial District Judge, 
                   after hearing, pay a fine not to exceed $1,000, together with all court costs as permitted by law. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be 
                   sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense, which shall be subjection to 
                   prosecution as such. For purposes of this section, the Board of Supervisors of East Manchester Township hereby appoints the Township Manager, 
                   Secretary, Zoning Officer, Permit Officer or Codes Enforcement Officer as authorized representatives, any one of whom, in addition to any police officer 
                   with jurisdiction within the Township, may commence and pursue enforcement proceedings pursuant to this section.

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Burning:   A.  Burning of designated recyclables and leaf waste, household trash, paper, cardboard, books, magazines, rugs, sofas, chairs, beds, box springs, 
                      mattresses, curtains, drapes, aerosol cans, spray paint cans, glass bottles or containers, compressed air or gas containers, dry or wet cell batteries, 
                      tires, plastic, rubber, paint, combustible or flammable liquids, solid waste, scrap lumber, construction and/or demolition waste as defined by the 
                      Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act of 1980, 35 P.S. § 6018.101 et seq., or any other substances that are likely to emit noxious odors or 
                      dense smoke is strictly prohibited.
                 B.  No fire shall be allowed to burn unattended without a responsible adult being present at all times and without readily available fire extinguishing 
                      apparatus or equipment.
                 C. No fire shall be set that results in uncontrolled burning of vegetation such as a field fire.
                 D. No person shall set, start, feed, permit to burn or maintain any fire upon any of the streets, sidewalks, alleys or public grounds of the Township, except 
                      where a designated area has been set aside or reserved for this purpose and an appropriate container has been provided to contain such fire.
                 E. No fire shall be permitted to burn whenever drought or extreme weather conditions exist or when a ban on burning has been placed into effect by the 
                     Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or other competent governmental body. The Township Enforcement Officer may prohibit any and all outdoor fires when 
                     atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous in the judgment of the Township Enforcement Officer. In the event of such a 
                     prohibition, all fires excluding cooking fires, as defined herein, shall be prohibited. The Township Enforcement Officer shall also have the power 
                     expressly to prohibit cooking fires.


                  For a full list of East Manchester Township Ordincances please click on the following link:

​Curfew:  It shall be unlawful for any person, 17 or fewer years of age (under 18) to be or remain in or upon the streets within the Borough of Manchester at night
              during the period ending at 6:00 A.M. and beginning at 11:00 P.M. on Sunday night through Thursday night, and beginning at 11:59 P.M. on Friday
              and Saturday nights unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Noise:      Noises that create a disturbance outside of property limits or on municipal streets, either by humans, audio devices, autos, all-terrain vehicles, barking 
                dogs, for example, are prohibited by ordinance. Consideration for others is the key to observing this ordinance! 

Burning:  Burning is not allowed in the Borough. Due the number of complaints and health concerns, the Council felt it necessary to prohibit burning. 

For a full list of Manchester Borough Ordincances please click on the following link:


MANCHESTER BOROUGH ORDINANCES
​Curfew:  It is unlawful for anyone under the age of eighteen (18) to be in or upon any vehicle, streets, alley, parks or public places in the Borough at night between 
               the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM (12:00 AM and 6:00 AM on Friday and Saturday) unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other person having 
               legal custody of such child. These persons, who must be in the Borough after curfew hours due to employment, may obtain a permit from the Mayor 
               authorizing an exemption for travel to and from work. 


Noise:      Noises that create a disturbance outside of property limits or on municipal streets, either by humans, audio devices, autos, all-terrain vehicles, or 
                animals are prohibited by ordinance. 

Burning:  Burning outside of any building is not allowed in the Borough except for eating purposes. Any violation is considered a summary offense.

For a full list of Mount Wolf Borough Borough Ordincances please click on the following link:




EAST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP ORDINANCES

MOUNT WOLF  BOROUGH ORDINANCES