Village of Springville, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Springville: Art. I, 11-19-1979 as Ch. 114 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Licenses and permits — See Ch. 110.
Nuisances — See Ch. 118.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 125.
[Adopted 11-19-1979 as Ch. 114 of the 1979 Code]
No person or persons may use or operate any sound device or apparatus without first obtaining a permit to use and operate the same, and such person or persons shall be required to pay a nominal fee for the issuance of such permit, and such fee is intended to defray the expenses of regulating such use or operation for the health, welfare and safety of all the people.
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SOUND DEVICE OR APPARATUS
Any radio device or apparatus, or any device or apparatus for the amplification of any sound from any radio, phonograph or other sound-making or sound-producing device, or any device for the reproduction or amplification of the human voice or other sounds.
TO USE OR OPERATE ANY SOUND DEVICE OR APPARATUS IN, ON, NEAR OR ADJACENT TO ANY PUBLIC STREET, PARK OR PLACE
To use or operate or cause to be used or operated any sound device or apparatus in front or outside of any building, place or premises or in or through any window, doorway or opening of such building, place or premises or in or upon any vehicle operated, standing or being in or on any public street, park or place, where the sounds therefrom may be heard upon any public street, park or place or from any stand, platform or other structure or from any airplane flying over the village.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use or operate any sound device or apparatus as above set forth unless he shall comply with the provisions of this Article.
Each applicant for a permit to use or operate a sound device or apparatus in, on, near or adjacent to any public street, park or place shall file a written application with the Board of Trustees at least five days prior to the date upon which such sound device or apparatus is to be used or operated, stating the area in which such sound device or apparatus is to be used or operated. Such application shall describe the specific location in which such sound device or apparatus is proposed to be used or operated, the day and the hour or hours during which it is proposed to be used or operated, the volume of sound which is proposed to be used, measured by decibels or by any other efficient method of measuring sound and such other pertinent information as the Board of Trustees may deem necessary to enable it to carry out the provisions of this Article.
The Board of Trustees shall not deny a permit for any specific time, location or use to any applicant who complies with the provisions of this Article, except for one or more of the reasons specified in § 115-6 hereof or for nonpayment of the fee prescribed in § 115-7 hereof or to prevent overlapping in the granting of permits. Each permit issued pursuant to this Article shall describe the specific location in which such sound device or apparatus may be used or operated in such location, the maximum volume of sound which may be employed in such use or operation and such other terms and conditions as may be necessary for the purpose of securing the health, safety, comfort, convenience and peaceful enjoyment by the people of their rights to use the public streets, parks or places for street, park or other public purposes, protecting the health, welfare and safety of the inhabitants of the village and securing the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants.
The Board of Trustees shall not issue any permit for the use of a sound device or apparatus:
A. 
In any location within 500 feet of a school, courthouse or church, during the hours of school, court or worship, respectively, or within 500 feet of any hospital or similar institution.
B. 
In any location where the Board of Trustees, upon investigation, shall determine that the conditions of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or both, are such that the use of such a device or apparatus will constitute a threat to the safety of pedestrians or vehicle operators.
C. 
In any location where the Board of Trustees, upon investigation, shall determine that conditions of overcrowding or of street repair or other physical conditions are such that the use of a sound device or apparatus will deprive the public of the right to the safe, comfortable, convenient and peaceful enjoyment of any public street, park or place for street, park or other public purposes or will constitute a threat to the safety of pedestrians or vehicle operators.
D. 
In or on any vehicle or other device while it is in transit.
E. 
Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
[Amended 11-5-1979 by L.L. No. 14-1979[1] ]
Each applicant for a permit issued under the provisions of this Article shall pay a fee as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees,[2] for the use of each such sound device or apparatus for each day; provided, however, that permits for the use of such sound devices or apparatus shall be issued to any bureau, commission, board or department of the United States government or the State of New York without fee. The Board of Trustees, in its discretion, may dispense with the payment of the fee.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
[2]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the village offices.
The provisions of this Article shall not apply to the use or operation of any sound device or apparatus by any church or synagogue on or within its own premises in connection with the religious rites or ceremonies of such church or synagogue.
[Amended 11-5-1979 by L.L. No. 13-1979]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty, of the Code of the Village of Springville.
The Board of Trustees shall have the power, from time to time, to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Article.