[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of North Collins 9-7-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983 (Ch. 125 of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Noise Control Law of the Town of North Collins, New York."
The purpose of this chapter is to promote and protect the peace, quiet, health, well-being and general welfare of the Town of North Collins and its inhabitants. The Town Board finds and declares that excessive, unreasonably loud and disturbing noise is a health hazard and a matter of increasing concern in the Town of North Collins and that the public interest can best be served by the enactment of this chapter prohibiting such noise. This chapter shall apply to the Town of North Collins outside the incorporated limits of the Village of North Collins.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:
- EXCESSIVE, UNREASONABLY LOUD AND DISTURBING NOISE
- Any sound which annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the peace, repose, health, safety or comfort of reasonable persons of adult sensitivity in the Town of North Collins or a considerable number of persons or which causes injury or damage to animal life, property or business.
- Any individual, partnership, corporation or other legal entity.
- SOUND-AMPLIFYING EQUIPMENT
- Any device or machine for the electronic amplification of the human voice, music or any other sound.
Except for sounds permitted by § 160-6 of this chapter, no person shall transmit or permit to be transmitted across the boundaries of property occupied by another in the Town of North Collins any excessive, unreasonably loud or disturbing noise arising out of the use or operation of:
Any radio, television set, radio player, tape recorder, jukebox, amplified musical instrument or other sound-amplifying equipment.
Any minibike, snowmobile, motorcycle, dune buggy or other motored device on private property within 200 feet of any residential dwelling between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except for ingress and egress to or from the operator's residence.
Any minibike, snowmobile, motorcycle, dune buggy or other motored device on public property, including the parks, recreation areas, streets and lands of the Town of North Collins, except in such areas and along routes specifically designated, set aside and reserved therefor by resolution of the Town Board.
Any place of entertainment or amusement, including restaurants, cafes, bars, discotheques, pool halls or game parlors, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Any construction equipment, machinery or tools or the detonation of explosives between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except in cases of emergency or pursuant to a permit issued by the Town Board.
Any motor vehicle in a sudden or purposeful manner unrelated to highway safety or the sounding of any motor vehicle horn or signaling device, except as a danger warning, or the repair, rebuilding or testing of any motor vehicle in residential-zoned districts between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
In determining whether a particular sound is excessive, unreasonably loud and disturbing, the court shall consider:
The volume of the sound.
The intensity of the sound.
Whether the nature of the sound is usual or unusual.
Whether the origin of the sound is natural or unnatural.
The proximity of the sound to residential sleeping facilities.
The time of day or night the sound occurs.
The time duration of the sound.
Any other factor the court shall expressly find to be relevant and material.
In any decision made pursuant to this chapter, the court shall set forth the factors it considered and the reasons for its decision, and such may not be waived by either party or counsel.
The transmission of the following sounds in the Town of North Collins is permitted:
Sounds of bells or similar devices summoning people to places of public worship or in connection with fund-raising activities of nonprofit organizations.
Sounds created by farmers in the necessary operation of their farms.
Sounds created by civil defense, ambulance, police, fire and similar agencies for public safety or in alerting persons to the existence of an emergency.
Sounds connected with sports and sporting events.
Sounds necessary in the performance of emergency work.
Sounds transmitted by industry or noise-emitting businesses or occupations located within proper zoning districts.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.