Ordinances of Importance
 

Below is a list of Lebanon City Ordinances that are commonly enforced by the Lebanon City Police Department.  For a link to all codified ordinances click here.


Dog Laws
  • No person shall allow or permit a dog to run at large at any time upon public or private property, other that the property of the dog owner, unless the dog is on a leash or tether which has an overall length not to exceed six (6) feet, and is under the control of a person physically capable of restraining the animal.
  • No dog shall be left unattended on a leash or tether which is tied to any tree, pole or post within the public limits of the City unless the person in charge of such dog is immediately adjacent to it and in a position to control the conduct of the dog.
  • It is the duty of the owner of any dog to keep the dog securely tied, penned or otherwise confined on the property of the owner in such a manner to prevent the dog from breaking loose and running at large on other public or private property.
  • No person shall allow any dog to bark continuously for a period of ten minutes or intermittently for a period of one half hour, which would cause a disturbance that would interfere with the peace and quiet of a neighborhood, provided however that at the time the animal is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass on the property upon which the dog is situated.
  • It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit any dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever unless such owner shall immediately remove all feces deposited by said dog and dispose of the same upon his or her own property.  It shall be unlawful for any dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on the private property of another.  The sidewalk and beauty strip are considered public property for the purpose of this ordinance. 
  • Dog feces deposited upon private property of the owner shall not be permitted to accumulate to the degree that it becomes a public health hazard.  In such cases where dog feces are permitted to accumulate such a degree, any Sanitation-Housing Inspector may conduct an investigation and the dog owner may be ordered to remediate the hazard.
  • Any dog seized and detained under the provisions of the ordinance may be subject to fines of $25 - $300 as set forth in the ordinance.  Dog owners may also be required to pay an impounding fee of $50.  A second offense in a 12 month period will result in a $75 impounding fee and a third offense in a 12 month period will result in a $100 impounding fee.
Disorderly Conduct
705.01 - DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Disorderly conduct within the limits of the City is defined as follows
(a) The making of any loud, boisterous, or unnecessary noise causing an unreasonable annoyance to the inhabitants of the City.
(b) The using of profanity or any indecent language causing a disturbance of the peace and good order of the City.
(c) Any act of vandalism or malicious mischief causing destruction to private or public property .
(d) Any act of vandalism or malicious mischief which would cause any danger or discomfort or annoyance to the inhabitants of the City or to the traveling public on the public highways in the City limits.
(e) Any person being intoxicated in public or being or appearing to be in an intoxicated condition in the limits of the City .
(f) Any person found fighting, loafing, begging or being a vagrant in the limits of the City . (Ord . 42-1976, 77 §1 . Passed 12-13-76 .)
(g) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle if, intending to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he/she drives any vehicle on the highways, roadways, traffic ways or parking lots within the City in a reckless or careless manner which endangers the safety or interferes with the comfort and convenience of persons using or residing on the thoroughfares of the City, deliberately squeals the tires of such vehicles, or laying of rubber by a vehicle, or intentionally increases the speed of the engine of such vehicle, thereby causing excessive noise without any legitimate purpose
h) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle if he/she drives any motor vehicle on the property of another without express consent of the property owner or owners . (Ord . 79-1984, 85 §1 . Passed 9-9-85 .)
(i) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if he/she shall at anytime yell, shout, hoot, whistle or sing on the public streets, alleys or parks at any time so as to be unreasonably loud, raucous, jarring, disturbing or a nuisance to persons of reasonable sensitivities within the area of audibility .
(j) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle if he/she shall at anytime sound the horn or other warning device of a vehicle at anytime by any person except when absolutely necessary as a warning or to make any sound that is unreasonably loud, raucous, jarring, disturbing or a nuisance to persons of reasonable sensitivities within the area of audibility, by means of a horn or other warning devices .
(k) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if he/she shall use, operate or permit the use of any musical instrument, radio, television, phonograph, compact disc player, tape player or any other type of instrument or device capable of playing music or producing amplified sound, including what is commonly known as a "boom box", in such a manner as to be unreasonably loud, raucous, jarring, disturbing, or a nuisance to persons of reasonable sensitivities within the area of audibility, when such sound is plainly audible across a property line or at a distance of fifty feet, whichever is less, when the device creating the sound is in or on a motor vehicle, or hand carried on a public right-of-way or public space. Instruments or devices used in violation of this subsection shall be impounded by the Police Department . (Ord . 71-1990, 91 §1 . Passed 7-22-91.)
 

Littering
709.01 LITTERING.
No person shall cast upon or discharge into or upon any of the streets, alleys or public places in
the City any animal carcass, fish, oyster shells, garbage, slaughter house offal, broken glass, crockery, china, cuttings of tin, sheet iron or other metal, nails, or any other kind of material calculated to wound, bruise or maim man or beast, or vegetables, fruit peelings or rinds and shells thereof, ashes, dirt, rubbish of any kind or garbage, pasteboard boxes, paper, advertisements and handbills, showbills, waste paper or sweepings, or suffer the same to be or remain deposited in any location in any such streets, alleys, highways or other public places in the City. (Ord. 34-1948, 49 §15. Passed 8-23-48.)

Curfew
717.01 CURFEW HOURS; COMPLIANCE REQUIRED ; EXCEPTIONS.
No minor under the age of eighteen years shall be upon any of the streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, parks or public places in the City between 10 :00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., prevailing time, unless such minor is accompanied by his parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody of such minor person, or is accompanied by a responsible person of good repute over twenty-one years of age, or is in the performance of any errand or duty directed by his parents, guardian or legal custodian, or whose legally recognized employment makes it necessary for such minor person to be in or upon such streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, parks or public places between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a .m. (Ord . 31-1990, 91 §1 . Passed 10-8-90 .)
717.02 POLICE DUTIES ; NOTICE TO PARENT .
Policemen finding any such minor between the ages of ten and seventeen inclusive in or upon any of the streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, parks or public places of the City in violation of any provisions of this article, between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., shall issue a citation to the minor, and such minor shall be released to the parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of such minor . (Ord. 31-1990, 91 §1 . Passed 10-8-90 .)
717.03 POLICE DUTIES ; UNDER TEN YEARS OF AGE .
A Juvenile Contact Report shall be completed for any minor under the age of ten. The minor under the age of ten years shall then be released to the parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of such minor . The Juvenile Contact Report for minors under the age of ten years shall be forwarded to the Lebanon County Children and Youth Services .
(Ord . 31-1990, 91 §1 . Passed 10-8-90.)
717.99 PENALTY.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be fined not more than three hundred dollars ($300 .00) and/or imprisoned not more than ninety days.
(Ord. 31-1990, 91 §1. Passed 10-8-90.)

Open Container Laws
741.01 TRANSPORTATION, POSSESSION OR CONSUMPTION IN PUBLIC PLACES ;
PERMIT REQUIRED .
(a) No person shall transport or possess in open containers on his person or in a motor vehicle any beer, wine or alcoholic beverage in or upon the streets, sidewalks, alleys or public ways of the City, nor in or upon the parking areas of shopping centers under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Police, except as hereinafter provided .
(b) No person shall possess, carry or transport any beer, wine or alcoholic beverage in an open container nor consume any beer, wine or alcoholic beverage in or upon a park or playground or other public property of the City, except at a group function, a permit for which has been obtained from the Office of the City Clerk.
741 .99 PENALTY.
Whoever violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00) nor less than fifty dollars ($50 .00), or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days . (Ord. 45-1980, 81 41. Passed 8-25-80 .)