Article I. General Provisions

9.08.010 Assault and battery.

It is unlawful for any person to commit an assault, or assault and battery, upon the person of another within the city limits. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit a person from acting in self-defense.

(Prior code § 9-2-1)

9.08.020 Interfering with officer in performance of duty.

No person shall knowingly interfere with a police officer, fire fighter, codes official, or any other duly authorized officer acting to enforce the law inside the city limits, while the officer is effecting an arrest, or attempting to effect an arrest, whether by warrant or by other lawful process. For purposes of this section, the phrase "interfere with" shall mean restrain, harass, distract, or present obstacles to the officer's verbal directions or physical acts which are being given or carried out during the course of the arrest process.

(Ord. O-08-94, 1994: prior code § 9-2-2)

9.08.030 Nuisances.


It is unlawful for any person having control or management of any lot or building or parts thereof, whether the same be vacant, residential, or business property, to so conduct himself thereon, or to operate, use or occupy or permit such property to be operated, used or occupied in such manner as to constitute himself or make of his property a nuisance, or knowingly to aid, assist, or abet such conduct, operation or occupancy. Every day such nuisance shall exist shall be deemed and considered a separate offense.


A nuisance is anything that causes hurt, inconvenience, or damage to another, and the fact that the act done may otherwise be lawful shall not keep it from being a nuisance. The inconvenience complained of shall not be fanciful, or such as would affect only one of fastidious taste, but such as would affect an ordinary, reasonable person.

(Prior code § 9-2-3)

9.08.040 Noise.


Any unreasonably loud, disturbing or unnecessary noise which causes material distress, discomfort or injury to persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity thereof is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is hereby prohibited.


Any noise of such character, intensity and continued duration which substantially interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of private homes by persons of ordinary sensibilities is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is hereby prohibited.


The following acts, among others, are declared to be nuisances in violation of this section, but such enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:


Musical instruments. The playing of any radio, phonograph or other musical instrument in such manner or with such volume, particularly during the hours between ten p.m. and seven a.m., as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons of ordinary sensibilities in any dwelling, hotel, or other type of residence.


Loudspeakers and amplifiers. The use of any stationary loudspeaker or amplifier of such intensity that annoys and disturbs persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity thereof; the use of any stationary loudspeaker or amplifier operated on any day between the hours of ten p.m. and seven a.m.


Animals and birds. The keeping of any animal or bird which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, shall disturb the comfort and repose of any person of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity.


Horns or other signal devices on vehicles. The continued or frequent sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle except as a danger or warning signal; the creation by means of any such signal device of any unreasonably loud or harsh sound for any unnecessary and unreasonable period of time.


Operation of vehicles. The continued or frequent sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle so out of repair, so loaded or in such manner as to create loud or unnecessary grating, grinding, jarring or rattling noise or vibrations.


Steam whistles. The blowing of any steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler except to give notice of the time to begin or stop work, or as a warning of danger.


Exhaust without mufflers. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal combustion engine, motor vehicle or boat engine except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.


Devices operated by compressed air. The use of any mechanical device operated by compressed air, unless the noise to be created is effectively muffled and reduced.


Construction work. The erection, including excavation, demolition, alteration or repair work on any building other than between the hours of six a.m. and nine p.m. except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public safety and convenience, and then only by permit from the city administrator, which permit may be renewed by the city administrator during the time the emergency exists.


Near schools and hospitals. The creation of any excessive noise on any street adjacent to any school or institution of learning while the same is in session or adjacent to any hospital which unreasonably interferes with the working of such institutions, provided conspicuous signs are displayed in such a manner indicating that the same is a school or hospital street.


Loading and unloading vehicles, etc. The creation of any loud and excessive noise in connection with the loading and unloading of any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.


Peddlers, hawkers, etc. The raucous shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors, which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.


Use of drums, etc., to attract attention. The use of any drum, loudspeaker or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention, by the creation of noise, to any performance, show or sale of merchandise.


Sounding of sirens, etc., on vehicles. The sounding of any siren, horn or other signal device on any automobile, ambulance, truck, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle in the city, except as a danger or warning signal to persons or animals using the streets, sidewalks and public thoroughfares.


Railroads. The blowing or sounding of any steam whistle, horn or signal device on any engine, locomotive car or vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad in the city, except as a warning or danger signal to persons or animals approaching, crossing or using the tracks of the railroad.

(Prior code § 9-2-4)

9.08.050 Disturbing religious worship.

It is unlawful for any person wilfully or maliciously to disturb, arouse, interrupt or interfere with any meeting, society, assembly or congregation convened for the purposes of religious worship or to enter any such meeting or assembly while in a state of intoxication, or to use blasphemous, profane or obscene language upon the streets, sidewalks, or other place around or near the place of such gathering either before, after, or during divine worship or to do or commit any act which might in any way interfere with the religious worship.

(Prior code § 9-2-5)

9.08.060 Public disorderly conduct.

Any person who shall (i) be found on any public highway or at any public place or gathering in a grossly intoxicated condition or otherwise conducting himself in a disorderly or boisterous manner; (ii) use obscene or profane language on any highway or at any public place or gathering or in hearing distance of any schoolhouse or church; or (iii) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, without just cause or excuse, discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm while upon or within fifty yards of any public road or highway, except upon his own premises, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Prior code § 9-2-6)

9.08.070 Schools and colleges—Annoying teachers and students.

It is unlawful for any person to wilfully or unnecessarily interfere with, or in any way disquiet the teachers or students of any school or college located in the city while on any public street, lane, alley, sidewalk, park or square or in any place of public amusement or other building or place, or upon the premises of such college or school. It is likewise unlawful for any person by driving, walking, standing, loitering, or congregating upon or near any public street, sidewalk or other public place in the vicinity of any place where a private or public school or college is being conducted within the corporate limits, either before, after or during the hours of sessions of such college or school, or by loud talking, whistling, laughing, or making any other noise, or by seeking to attract the notice of any teachers or students along any street, sidewalk or other place within the city, or to frequently and unnecessarily pass in front of or beside such teachers or students, as to harass or annoy such teachers or students, or to make remarks or signs to or about such teachers or students, or anyone of them orally, in writing, by signs or otherwise. It is also unlawful for any person to enter upon any college or school premises within the corporate limits, except on business, without having first obtained permission from the person in charge thereof.

(Prior code § 9-2-7)

9.08.080 Giving false name or address to police officers and code enforcement officers unlawful.


It is unlawful for any person to give an assumed or fictitious name or a false date of birth, or a false place of residence or a false address to a police officer or to a code enforcement officer during the course of an arrest or an interview or investigation by a police officer or code enforcement officer or receiving notice to appear in court for any offense in violation of the laws of the state of South Carolina or the ordinances of the city of Travelers Rest.


Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine up to five hundred dollars or a sentence of confinement up to thirty days.

(Ord. O-16-99, 1999)