City Council considers off-road noise rule tweaks

Manager Jeff Griffith poses for a portrait on a motorcycle at Griffith Cycle on Dodds Avenue on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Griffith, whose family runs the business, voiced concerns at a recent city council meeting about a proposed off-road vehicle noise ordinance.

The Chattanooga City Council may make a few tweaks to a proposed off-road vehicle noise ordinance Tuesday evening.

Last week, the council voted 9-0 in favor of regulations which prohibit people from operating all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, dirt bikes and dune buggies if the they create more than 70 decibels of sound - similar to the noise made by a shower or dishwasher - on residential properties. Today they discussed the idea of also making the regulation a matter of how long someone exceeds the noise threshold.

"That's probably something wise to consider, just as to how long that decibel amount should be allowed before it becomes a nuisance," Deputy City Attorney Phillip Noblett said.

Other parts of Chattanooga's noise codes do the same, such as how long a dog can bark before the city considers it a nuisance violation.