CHAPTER X. PUBLIC OFFENSESCHAPTER X. PUBLIC OFFENSES\ARTICLE 2. LOCAL PROVISIONS

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, maintain or cause to be made or continued any excessive, unnecessary, unreasonable or unusually loud noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others within the City of Minneapolis.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any person to use, operate or permit the use or operation of any electronic device, radio receiving set, television, musical instrument, phonograph, or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace. quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or at any time with louder volume than is necessary for the convenient hearing for the person or persons who are in the room or chamber in which such machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. “Neighboring inhabitants” shall include persons living within or occupying residential districts of single or multi-family dwellings and shall include areas where multiple-unit dwellings and high-density residential districts are located.

(c)   No person shall congregate with other persons because of, participate in, or be in any part or gathering of people from which sound emanates of a sufficient volume so as to disturb the peace, quiet or repose of persons residing in any residential area. No person shall visit or remain within any residential dwelling unit or within the vicinity of a residential dwelling unit wherein such party or gathering of people is taking place except persons who have gone there for the sole purpose of abating said disturbance. A police officer may order all persons present in any group or gathering from which such sound emanates, other than the owners or tenants of the dwelling unit, to immediately disperse in lieu of being charged under this section. Owners or tenants of the dwelling unit shall immediately abate the disturbance and, failing to do so, shall be in violation of this section.

(d)   It shall be unlawful for any person, while operating, driving, or parking in a motor vehicle, to use or operate any electronic device, radio, television, tape player, compact disc player or other device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such a manner that it disturbs the peace, quiet and comfort of persons in the vicinity of the motor vehicle. Unless a person is operating with permission of the city council. It shall be a violation of this section if the sound emanating from the electronic device, radio, television, tape player, compact disc player or other device for producing or reproducing sound in or on the motor vehicle is clearly audible from a distance of fifty (50) feet.

(e)   Statement of intent. No provision of this section shall be construed to limit or abridge the rights of any person to peacefully assemble and express opinions. It is the purpose of this Section to protect individuals from unreasonable intrusions caused by excessive, unnecessary, unreasonable or unusually loud noises.

It shall be unlawful for any person to use any profane, vulgar or indecent language in or about any public property or public place so as to be audible and offensive.

It shall be unlawful for any person to trespass upon property owned or occupied by another for the purpose of looking into or peeping into any window, door, skylight or other opening in any house or building located thereon without a lawful purpose for such observation.

It shall be unlawful for any person to spit upon the floor of any other part of any building to which the public is admitted, or upon any sidewalk.

It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or discard in any public place or private place accessible to children any chest, closet, piece of furniture, refrigerator, icebox, or other article having a compartment of a capacity of one and one-half (1 ½) cubic feet or more and have a door or lid. It shall be unlawful for the person in control of any such place to permit such abandoned or discarded article to remain in such condition.

It shall be unlawful for any person in control of any property to maintain or permit to remain on the premises any well, cistern, or cesspool without a safe, secure and durable covering.

It shall be unlawful for any person in control of any property to install or permit to remain any barbed-wire or electric fence.

(a)   Electric fences may be maintained or constructed provided: (1) the electric fence uses an interrupted flow of current at intervals of approximately one second on and two seconds off; (2) shall be limited to 2,000 volts at 17 mill amperes current; (3) shall be posted with permanent signs a minimum of 36 square inches in area at intervals of no more than 100 feet stating that the fence is electrified; (4) landowners have received written permission (permit) from the Animal Commission after the animal commission deems the use of said fences safe and necessary.

(b)   Barb-wire fencing may be constructed or maintained to constrain animals provided the Animal Commission approves the use of the same after finding the use of a barb-wire fence is necessary for the confinement of animals and is safe both in use and construction and issues a permit for said fence. When using a barbwire fence to constrain animals the provisions of this section pertaining to the attachment of barb-wire to an existing fence six (6) feet or taller and the provision limiting the barb-wire fence to three (3) strands or less shall not apply unless expressly required by the Animal Commission.

(c)   A barb-wire and electric fences existing before this new ordinance takes effect are exempted.

It shall be unlawful for any person to hitch or tie any animal to any lamp post, shrub or shade tree on public grounds or picket any animal in any of the streets, alleys, parks or public grounds of this city.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to post bills or dodgers or post or paint any advertisements or notices of any kind or character or any material whatsoever upon any telephone, telegraph or electric light pole or upon any lamp post, hydrant, drinking fountain, hitching post, fence or upon any sidewalk, bridge, house or other building in the city except upon houses or other buildings by the consent of the owner thereof.

Any person who shall throw stones, bricks or any missile, in or across any street or alley of this city, or in public place, or at any house or building shall upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) or be imprisoned not exceeding thirty (30) days or be both so fined and imprisoned.

Any person violating the provisions of this article, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days, or be both so fined and imprisoned.

Littering is intentionally or recklessly depositing or causing to be deposited any object or substance into, upon or about:

(a)   Any public street, highway, alley, road, right-of-way, park or other public place, or any lake, stream, watercourse, or other body of water except by direction of some public officer or employee authorized by law to direct or permit such acts; or

(c)   Any private property without the consent of the owner or occupant of such property.

(a)   Nude or Nudity means the appearance of the human bare buttocks, anus, human genitals, or a state of dress which fails to opaquely or fully cover the anus or human genitals.

(b)   Public Nudity is hereby prohibited.

(c)   Penalty. Violation of this section is a Class C violation.

It shall be unlawful for any person to expectorate, urinate or defecate on any public street, alley, sidewalk or floor of any public building, or any other place not intended or designated for such purpose where the public gathers or has access.