[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger 6-3-1975 by L.L. No. 10-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This Town Board, in order to promote proper government and to ensure the proper protection, order, conduct, safety, health, welfare and well-being of persons or property within the Town of Wappinger, Dutchess County, finds it is in the public interest to enact this chapter.
This chapter shall regulate the assembly of persons, where such assembly exceeds 5,000 persons, in public places within the Town of Wappinger, Dutchess County.
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purposes of this chapter, have the meanings herein indicated:
Word usage. Words used in the present tense include the future; the singular number includes the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine. "Shall" is mandatory; "may" is permissive.
- The gathering, collecting or congregating of persons with or without the levy of an admission fee.
- A structure wholly or partially enclosed within exterior walls and a roof, of permanent or temporary nature affording shelter to persons, animals or property.
- Any individual, firm, company, association, society, corporation or group.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- A place to which the public or a substantial group of persons is invited or has access.
- A combination of materials to form a construction that is safe and stable, and includes, among other things, stadiums, stages, platforms, radio towers, sheds, storage bins, tents, billboards and display signs.
- TOWN OF WAPPINGER OR TOWN
- The Town Board of the Town of Wappinger.
No person shall use, allow, let or permit to be used property for the assembly of persons in excess of 5,000 unless a written permit authorizing such use shall have been obtained from the Town Board.
Application for such permit shall be by verified petition addressed to the Town Board and shall be filed with the Town Clerk at least 90 days prior to the date upon which such assembly is contemplated. A copy of such petition shall be mailed to each member of the Town Board on the day that it is filed with the Town Clerk by certified mail, return receipt requested. Such application shall include the following written material:
A statement of the name, age and residence address of the applicant and, if the applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation and the names and addresses of the directors; if the applicant does not reside in the Town of Wappinger, the name and address of an agent who shall be a natural person and shall reside or have a place of business in the Town of Wappinger and who shall be authorized to and shall agree by verified statement to accept notices or summonses issued with respect to violation of any law, ordinances, rules or regulations.
[Added 8-22-1994 by L.L. No. 2-1994]
Applications made by the State of New York, County of Dutchess or Town of Wappinger shall be exempt from such application fees.
A statement containing the name and address of the record owner of the property and the nature and interest of the applicant therein; the proposed dates and hours of such assembly; the expected maximum number of persons intended to use the property at one time and collectively; and the purpose of the function, including the nature of the activities to be carried on and the admission fee to be charged, if any.
A map showing the size of the property; the zoning district in which it is located; the names of the record owners of the adjoining properties; the streets or highways abutting said property; the size and location of any existing building, buildings or structures or of any proposed building, buildings or structures to be erected for the purposes of the assembly.
A plan or drawing showing the method to be used for the disposal of sanitary sewage.
A plan or drawing showing the method to be used for the supply, storage and distribution of water.
A plan or drawing showing the layout of any parking area for automobiles and other vehicles and the means of ingress and egress to such parking area. Such parking area shall provide one parking space for every four persons in attendance.
A statement containing the type, number and location of any radio device, sound amplifier, loudspeaker, sound truck or other similar sound equipment.
A statement specifying whether food or beverage is intended to be prepared, sold or distributed. If food or beverage is intended to be prepared, sold or distributed, a statement specifying the method of preparation and distribution of food or beverage and the method of disposing of any garbage, trash, rubbish or other refuse arising therefrom. If a person other than the person applying for the permit will be engaged in the sale and distribution of food or beverage, the name and address of such person shall be submitted. All garbage, trash, rubbish or other refuse shall be stored, until removed, at an unobtrusive area of the premises in securely covered containers. Such containers shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and shall be cleaned at least daily. No garbage, trash, rubbish or other refuse shall be removed from the premises between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
A statement specifying whether any private security guards or police will be engaged and, if so, the names and addresses of such persons and the duties to be performed by such persons.
A statement specifying the precautions to be utilized for fire protection, and a map specifying the location of fire lanes and water supply for fire control.
A statement specifying whether any outdoor lights or signs are to be utilized and, if so, a map showing the number, location, size, type and luminating power of such lights and signs. In addition, no light on any part of the property of the assembly shall be permitted to shine unreasonably beyond the property line of the property. All exterior lights on the property shall be so situated or equipped with shielding devices that no unreasonable glow shall shine beyond the property line of the assembly.
A statement specifying the facilities to be available for emergency treatment of any person who might require immediate medical or nursing attention.
A statement specifying whether any camping or housing facilities are to be available and, if so, a plan showing the intended number and location of the same.
A statement that no soot, cinders, smoke, noxious acids, fumes, gases or unusual odors shall be permitted to unreasonably emanate beyond the property line of the assembly.
A statement that no music shall be played in any place of assembly, either by mechanical device or live performance, in such a manner that the sound emanating therefrom shall be unreasonably audible beyond the property line of the place of assembly.
A statement that no loud, unnecessary or unusual noise shall be permitted to be made, continued or caused to be made or continued so as to be unreasonably audible beyond the property line of the assembly.
A statement that no law, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable to the place of assembly or enforceable by any governmental authority will be violated and that the regulations of the New York State Department of Labor, Board of Standards and Appeals, for places of public assembly will be adhered to.
The Town Board, before issuing any permit, shall require the applicant to get the approval of any or all of the following applicable governmental agencies:
The New York State Health Department, the County Health Officer and the New York State Water Resources Commission as to any proposed sanitary sewage disposal system.
The New York State Health Department, the Town Building Inspector, the Town Health Officer and the New York State Water Resources Commission as to any proposed system for the supply, storage and distribution of water.
The Dutchess County Highway Department, the New York State Department of Transportation, the Dutchess County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Police, the Chief Engineer of the controlling fire district, the Fire Commissioners of the controlling fire district and the Fire Advisory Board of the County of Dutchess as to the proposed parking area.
The Zoning Board of Appeals and Building Inspector as to the proposed type, number and location of any sound-producing equipment.
The New York State Health Department and the County Health Officer as to the proposed method of preparing, selling or distributing food or beverage and the removal of trash, rubbish or garbage arising therefrom.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police as to any proposed private security or police protection.
The Chief Engineer of the controlling fire district, the Fire Advisory Board of Dutchess County and the Fire Coordinator of Dutchess County as to any proposed fire protection system.
The Zoning Board of Appeals and Building Inspector as to any proposed outdoor lights and signs.
The New York State Health Department and County Health Officer as to any proposed facilities for emergency medical or nursing treatment.
The Town Building Inspector and the Zoning Board of Appeals as to any proposed camping or housing facilities.
No permit shall be issued unless the owner and his tenant or licensee, if any, shall furnish the Town with written authorization to permit the Town or its lawful agents to go upon the property for the purpose of inspecting the same, providing adequate police and fire protection and protecting persons and property from danger.
No permit shall be issued unless the applicant shall furnish the Town with a comprehensive liability insurance policy insuring the Town against liability for damage to persons or property with limits of not less than $500,000 to $1,000,000 for bodily injury or death and limits of not less than $500,000 for property damage, sufficient in form to save the Town harmless from any liability or causes of action which might arise by reason of the granting of the permit, and noncancelable without 10 days' prior written notice to the Town.
No permit shall be issued unless the applicant shall deposit with the Town Clerk cash or good surety company bond, approved by the Town Board, in the minimum sum of $500,000 and conditioned that no damage will be done to any public or private property and that the applicant will not permit any litter, debris or other refuse to remain upon any public or private property by reason of the granting of the permit, which cash shall be refunded or surety company bond canceled upon certification to the Town Board by the Building Inspector that all conditions of this chapter have been complied with.
The Town shall deny the issuance of a permit if it shall find that any of the items as set forth in § 71-4 of this chapter are insufficient to properly safeguard the safety, health, welfare and well-being of persons or property or if the necessary approval of any governmental agency as set forth in § 71-5 of this chapter is not obtained. In no event shall the Town withhold its written approval or denial of a permit for a period in excess of 30 days after a full submission to it by an applicant, except by an extension, in writing, given by the applicant.
If, after a permit is issued, the Town Board through its lawful agents determines that any of the items as set forth in § 71-4 of this chapter and as specified in the applicant's verified petition in support of the application for a permit is not adhered to and accomplished within a reasonable time of the date or dates set for the assembly through the time of the assembly, or if the necessary approval of any governmental agency as set forth in § 71-5 of this chapter is revoked at any time, such permit shall become null and void.
[Amended 3-8-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004]
Any person who shall use, allow, let or permit to be used property for the assembly of persons in excess of 5,000 or any person who shall cause the gathering, collecting or congregating of persons in excess of 5,000 persons in public places without having a written permit in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have violated this chapter. Any person who commits or permits any act in violation of any of the provisions of the chapter shall be deemed to have committed a misdemeanor and shall be liable for the penalties provided. A separate offense against this chapter shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. A separate penalty may be imposed for each separate offense.
For each violation of a provision of this chapter the person violating the same shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine in the amount set forth in Chapter 122, Article V, § 122-20F of the Code or imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both such fine and imprisonment; provided, however, that fines for corporations shall be those specified in Penal Law § 80.10, for which a term of imprisonment in excess of three months is authorized, or, in the alternative, any higher amount not exceeding double the amount of the corporation's gain from the commission of the offense.
[Amended 3-22-2004 by L.L. No. 5-2004]
In addition to the above provided penalties, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of this chapter.
[Added 8-18-2003 by L.L. No. 10-2003]
This chapter will be enforced by the Zoning Administrator, the Building Inspector, the Deputy Building Inspector, the Fire Inspector, the Deputy Fire Inspector and any police agency having jurisdiction within the Town of Wappinger.