Village of Camillus, NY
Onondaga County
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This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Village of Camillus Noise Law." Chapter 78, which relates to noise, of the Code of the Village of Camillus is hereby amended, superseded and replaced.
The purpose of this chapter is to prevent the generation of excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noise within the Village of Camillus for the purpose of preserving, protecting and promoting the public health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare and prosperity of its inhabitants.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
A. 
The sound pressure level measured with a meter using an A-weighted frequency response as prescribed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or its successor.
B. 
A-weighting is used to approximate the average human ear's response to a range of sound frequencies.
AMBIENT NOISE
The background average noise level within an area, exclusive of any extraneous sounds.
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE
Every ambulance, police, fire or civil defense emergency vehicle.
CALIBRATION
The checking of the calibration of the microphone and electronics of a sound level measuring device using an appropriate calibrator traceable to NBS (National Bureau of Standards) criteria.
CLASS A (RESIDENTIAL)
Lands residentially zoned and used primarily for sleeping purposes by people. Such land shall include the residence, building or structure where sleeping normally takes place and any outside location within three feet of the major surfaces of such residence, building or structure. This class shall also include lands within the Limited Business Office Zoning District.
CLASS B (COMMERCIAL) LAND
Lands where people are likely to communicate with one another by speech. Class B shall include public lands and zoning districts designated as C-1, C-2 and C-P commercial zones.
CLASS C (INDUSTRIAL) LAND
Lands intended primarily for heavy commercial or industrial use which are zoned Industrial A or B or High Tech.
COMMERCIAL OPERATION
Any business or commercial activity that involves the purchase or utilization of goods or service.
CONSTRUCTION
Any activity necessary or incidental to the erection, demolition, assembly, alteration or equipping of buildings, public or private highways, roads, premises, parks, utility lines or other property.
CONTINUOUS SOUND
Any sound that is not an impulsive sound.
DAYTIME
From 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
DBA
The abbreviation for A-weighted sound level in decibels.
DEVICE
Any machine, mechanism or equipment which is intended to or which actually produces sound or vibration.
DISCRETE TONE
A sound wave whose instantaneous sound pressure varies essentially as a simple sinusoidal function of time. Such sound wave may exist alone or as a component of a complex sound wave.
EMERGENCY
A public calamity, utility services failure, or an exposure of any person or property to actual or immediate danger.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
The operation or parking of an authorized emergency vehicle, when such vehicle is engaged in response to an emergency. Emergency operations shall not include return from such service.
EMERGENCY WARNING DEVICE
Any sound-generating device that is designed to be used and is actually used to warn of an emergency.
EMERGENCY WORK
The work or activity that is necessary to prevent or recover from an emergency, including, but not limited to, work to repair electric, gas, water, sewer or telephone services.
FAST RESPONSE
The characteristic of a sound level meter which allows for accurate measurement of impulsive sounds such as horn blasts, firearm discharge or vehicle pass-by.
GENERATING LAND
The land whereon the sound is being generated or emitted.
IMPULSIVE SOUND
A sound characterized by excursions of the sound pressure which exceed the ambient sound by six or more decibels, but last two seconds or less.
INDUSTRIAL OPERATION
The production, fabrication and storage of man-made goods, and the production, transformation and storage of energy in all forms.
MAXIMUM SOUND LEVEL
The recorded or noted maximum RMS (root-mean-square) sound pressure level noted using an instrument which meets the requirements of the chapter.
A. 
Maximum impulsive sound level shall be measured using the "fast response" setting.
B. 
Maximum continuous sound level shall be measured using the "slow response" setting.
OWNER
Any person who has regular control of a device or site, including, but not limited to, the owner of the freehold of the premises or lesser estate therein or an agent of such person.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, company, public or private corporation, association, firm, organization, political subdivision, governmental agency, administration or department, municipality, trust, estate, group of individuals, or any other legal entity whatsoever.
PUBLIC HIGHWAY
Any highway, road, street, avenue, alley, public driveway or any other public way.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any real property or structures thereon owned or controlled by a governmental entity.
REAL PROPERTY BOUNDARY
An imaginary line exterior to any structure along the ground surface, which separates the real property owned by one person from that owned by another person, and the vertical extension of such line.
RECEIVING LAND
The property line of the real property where the sound is being heard and where appropriate level restrictions apply. In the case of an apartment, townhouse or condominium, the point of measurement is within the affected unit.
SOUND LEVEL
The quantity, in decibels, measured using an instrument satisfying the requirements of ANSI SI.4-1983. Sound level is the frequency-weighted (see "A-weighting") sound pressure level obtained with "fast" or "slow" response.
SOUND LEVEL METER
An instrument designed to detect and measure sound pressure levels and display this information in decibels in an analog or digital form. An instrument meeting the requirements of this chapter shall conform to the requirements of ANSI SI.4-1983, Type 1 or Type 2.