Re: noise, pets CommonHouse event use
From: Kay Wilson (
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:37:49 -0700 (PDT)
We had a committee that worked on pet rules for months, but
they were not able to agree on what they should be. Rather
than prolong this agony, we decided to simply quote the
county rules that would be in effect regardless of whether
we had our own rules. 

If someone has a problem with a neighbor's pet, they need to
go through the county complaint process, just like anyone
else in the county has to do. Therefore, an infraction is
whatever the county says it is!


-----Original Message-----
From: Cohousing-L
[] On Behalf Of Ruth J Hirsch
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 6:05 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ noise, pets CommonHouse event use

Hi, Kay,

thank you--quite a list of sounds.  
I missed understanding what it means, having an infraction.
Once there is an infraction, then what?  ?Consequence?

About CommonHouse events,  I see that your note is focused
on noise,  Please post info on clean-up/fees.

many thanks,

On Jun 28, 2015, at 6:16 AM,
cohousing-l-request [at] wrote:

Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:23:00 -0700
From: "Kay Wilson" <kwilsonfisk [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Home-based ... noise policies request

When I checked our noise requirements, I was surprised that
they are pretty piecemeal. Here FWIW is what we have.

PETS. After a long struggle to develop our own pet rules, we
decided to include our county animal regulations verbatim.
They include:

        Infractions: Animal Noise: For any person(s) to own
any animal which by its barking, howling, baying, squealing,
crowing, crying, bleating, screeching, or making any other
noise by its volume or frequency unreasonably disturbs or
interferes with the peace of any person(s) for more than
fifteen minutes in any one-hour period of any day, and is
documented by three or more separate episodes of such noise
in a sequential seven-day period. The burden is upon the
owner of such animal(s) to maintain quiet.. [KCC 7.14.030
Infractions (3)] 

They include:

        Be Courteous During Meals: ... Create a quiet dining
atmosphere free from running, yelling, piano and TV noise.

We have a Facilities Use Agreement which we use for private
events in our common house. This one addresses noise:

        Facilities Cleanup . When leaving, please be
respectful of neighbors by keeping noise to a minimum. 

Since we have some resident-owned rental units, we have a
model lease, which most of our landlords use. It includes
this noise provision:

        Tenant's family and guests shall at all times
maintain order in the Premises and at all places on the
Premises, and shall not make or permit any loud or improper
noises, or otherwise disturb other residents;

(I have posted our home businesses requirements separately).

Kay Wilson
Meadow Wood Cohousing
Bremerton, WA

PS:  I have an intermittent e-mail glitch.  If you write and
do not hear back from me shortly, please call me or please
re-send.  Thank you,  Ruth

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