Town of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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The acts set forth in this Article II are declared to be prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter and are prohibited, but said listing of acts shall not be deemed to be exclusive.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person within any Residential Zone, or within 500 feet of a Residential Zone, to use or to operate any radio or receiving set, musical instrument (including drums), stereo, television, any other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound or any other sound-amplifying equipment in such a manner as to cause unreasonable noise within a building, or outside a building at a distance of 25 feet or more from the source of such sound.
B. 
For the purposes of this section:
(1) 
For an offense that occurs on any public property where permission was obtained to use that public property, a "person" shall include the person or persons who obtained permission to utilize that property for that event.
(2) 
For an offense that occurs on private property, a "person" shall include any adult person or persons who live in or on the property that is involved in the offense.
(3) 
For an offense that occurs after granting of a permit pursuant to Article III of this chapter, a "person" shall include the person or persons who are listed on the permit.
A. 
Except as specified in Subsection B hereunder, during the nighttime hours as defined in Article I, § 184-4 herein, it shall be unlawful for any person within a Residential Zone, or within 500 feet of a Residential Zone, to operate construction equipment (including but not limited to any pile driver, excavator, pneumatic hammer, derrick or steam or electric hoist) or perform any outside construction or repair work so as to create noise.
B. 
This section shall not be deemed to prohibit:
(1) 
Work of an emergency nature.
(2) 
Work of a domestic nature on buildings, structures or projects being undertaken by a person(s) residing in such premises; provided that, if any domestic power tool, including but not limited to mechanically powered saws, sanders, grinders and lawn and garden tools used outdoors, is operated during the nighttime hours, no person shall operate such machinery so as to cause unreasonable noise within a residential building or across a residential real property boundary, or outside of a building at a distance of 25 feet or more from the source of the sound.
C. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to lawful farm operations on lands the principal use of which is as a farm and which are located within a county agricultural district created under the provisions of Article 25-AA of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.
D. 
Garbage collection vehicles and recycling vehicles may not be operated for pickup on any day before 6:00 a.m. local time.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in charge of a party, event or gathering that occurs on any private or public property to allow that party, event or gathering to produce unreasonable noise within any building, or outside of a building at a distance of 25 feet or more from the source of such sound. It shall also be unlawful for any participant in that party, event or gathering to contribute to such unreasonable noise.
B. 
For the purposes of this section, a "person in charge of a party or other event or gathering":
(1) 
That occurs on any public property shall include the person or persons who obtained permission to utilize that property for that party, event or gathering.
(2) 
That occurs on private property shall include the person who owns the premises involved and any adult person who lives in or on the premises involved in such party, event or gathering.
(3) 
Shall include the person who is listed on a permit granted pursuant to Article III of this chapter with respect to such party, event or gathering.
Any person who owns, harbors, or is the custodian of a dog in the Town of Ithaca is subject to the noise and other requirements in Chapter 112 of the Town of Ithaca Code, titled "Animals," and upon violation thereof shall be subject to the penalties set forth in that chapter.