Common Ordinance Violations

The Police Department is responsible for providing residents of the community with an orderly environment that is free of nuisances. Village Ordinance Chapter 8 (Orderly Conduct) and Chapter 9 (Public Nuisances) help the department to maintain safety and peace in the community. The remainder of the Village Ordinances can be found under the Village Government page on our website. Specific offenses are listed below:

Animals at Large - Section 8-25

No person shall permit any cat, dog, horse, mule, cattle, sheep, goats, swine or poultry in his possession or control to run at large within the Village.

Barking Dogs - Section 9-2D(10)

The keeping or harboring of any animal or fowl which by frequent or habitual howling, yelping, barking, crowing or making of other noises shall greatly annoy or disturb a neighborhood or any considerable number of persons within the Village.

Curfew Section - 9-2D(19)

Loitering of any person under the age of 17 away from home between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.; also, the permitting, knowingly, by any parent or guardian of such minor of his loitering away from his home during such hours, unless such minor is accompanied by a parent, guardian or some person 21 years of age or older standing in loco parentis, or unless performing an errand or duty if directed by his parent or guardian, or of urgent necessity, or unless pursuing the duties of his employment in an expeditious and orderly manner, or unless going directly home from places of business or amusement or private home.

Machine Noise Prohibited Section - 8-12

Noise, when generated by any device, tool, implement, machine, appliance, or contrivance (including but not limited to power lawnmowers, snow removal equipment, vehicle backup alarms; radios, musical instruments, music players, power tools, television, audio/video, and internal combustion engines not on licensed motor vehicles), which creates a noise to the substantial disturbance or annoyance of any person (hereinafter "machine noise"), is prohibited during the following hours by noise type:

A.    Within 50 feet of any building used wholly or partially for residence purposes, machine noise is prohibited between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

B.    Except as otherwise permitted herein, snow plowing by means of vehicle-driven snow-removal equipment utilizing a backup alarm is prohibited in the Village between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

C.    Snow plowing by means of vehicle-driven snow removal equipment legally without the use of a backup alarm shall not be subject to any time restrictions.

D.    Within the public right-of-way or other municipal property or leasehold, in the pursuit of the rendition of municipal service or emergency services, machine noise shall not be subject to any time restrictions.

E.     Machine noise generated in reasonable response to any emergency situation or a situation threatening the health, safety or welfare of an individual or the public at large as recognized by the Police Department, Village Manager, or North Shore Fire Department shall not be subject to any time restrictions.

F.     Noise from machines or devices used in construction or remodeling of structures, equipment, landscaping, or landscape features between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

G.    The Village Board or Village Manager may exempt specific events or activities from these machine noise prohibitions, provided the health, safety, and welfare of the public at large is not substantially impacted.

H.    The collection of commercial waste, as defined in Chapter 10, Sanitary Code, Article III, Refuse and Recycling Collection, of the Code of the Village of Whitefish Bay, within 50 feet of any building used wholly or partially for residence purposes, shall be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Loudspeakers and Amplifiers Prohibited Section - 8-13

It shall be unlawful in this Village to operate or cause to be operated any loudspeaker or sound amplifier which is audible for a distance of 100 feet from such instrument, or in a manner to interfere with or disturb the peace of any person in this Village. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any loudspeaker or sound amplifier used during games, contests or other events sponsored by public authority or to warning signals given by public authority.