Village of Cazenovia, NY
Madison County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cazenovia 12-4-2000 by L.L. No. 2-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarms — See Ch. 45.
Animals — See Ch. 50.
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 71.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 122.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 125.

§ 115-1 Statement of policy.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Village of Cazenovia to prevent excessive, unnecessary, unusually loud or unreasonable noise which may jeopardize the well-being, public health, comfort, convenience, safety and welfare of its citizens and the peace and quiet of its inhabitants. The provisions and prohibitions hereinafter contained shall not be utilized or construed in any manner so as to deny or limit any right or privilege granted and recognized by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

§ 115-2 Definitions.

Unless otherwise indicated by content, the following terms and phrases shall have the following meanings:
DECIBEL (dB)
A unit for measuring the volume of sound, equal to 20 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the sound pressure of 20 micronewtons per square meter.
SOUND LEVEL
The sound pressure level measured in decibels with a sound level meter set to a weight expressed in dB(A).
SOUND LEVEL METER
An instrument for the measurement of sound levels which conforms to Type 1 or Type 2 standards under ANSI Specifications S1.4-1971 or the latest approved revision thereof.
UNREASONABLY INTRUSIVE
Any sound which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of a reasonable person of normal sensitivities under the circumstances.

§ 115-3 Standards for determination.

The standard or standards to be considered in determining whether a noise is an unreasonable noise which constitutes a prohibited noise shall include but not be limited to one or more of the following:
A. 
The volume of the noise.
B. 
The intensity of the noise.
C. 
Whether the nature of the noise is usual or unusual.
D. 
Whether the origin of the noise is natural or unnatural.
E. 
The volume and intensity of the background noise, if any.
F. 
The proximity of the noise to residential sleeping facilities.
G. 
The nature and the zoning district of the area within which the noise emanates.
H. 
The time of day or night the noise occurs.
I. 
The time and duration of the noise.
J. 
Whether the noise is temporary.
K. 
Whether the noise is continuous.
L. 
The presence of discrete tones.

§ 115-4 Enumeration of prohibited noises.

The following acts, among others, are declared to be noises in violation of this chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
A. 
The sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other motor vehicle, except as a warning signal pursuant to the provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
B. 
Playing, using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, television, phonograph, musical instrument or instruments, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the production or reproduction of sound exceeding 70 dB(A), measured at the property line of the offended party, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday, except on Friday and Saturday evening when the time shall be 11:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday morning when the time shall be 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m.
C. 
Playing, using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio, television, phonograph, musical instrument or instruments, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the production or reproduction of sound exceeding 65 dB(A), measured at the property line of the offended party, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday, except on Friday and Saturday evening when the time shall be 11:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday morning when the time shall be 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m.
D. 
The keeping or harboring of any animal, fowl or bird which, by causing frequent or continued noise, shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person residing in the vicinity.
E. 
Noise from a burglar alarm or other alarm system of any building, motor vehicle or boat which is continuous and exceeds 15 minutes.
F. 
Construction work, including but not limited to building, repairing, blasting, grading, leveling and excavating between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, except in case of public safety and emergency.
G. 
The operation of power equipment in residential zones outdoors between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day, and on weekends, between 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
H. 
The making of improper noises or disturbances or operating an automobile or motorcycle in such manner as to cause excessive squealing or other excessive noise of the tires.
I. 
Offering for sale anything by shouting or outcrying upon the public streets and sidewalks.

§ 115-5 Methods of measurement.

The measurement of any sound or noise shall be made with a sound level meter using the A-scale decibel level. The measurement shall be conducted at the property line of the offended party.

§ 115-6 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following acts:
A. 
The emission of sound for the purpose of alerting persons to the existence of an emergency.
B. 
Noise from municipally sponsored celebrations or events.
C. 
Noise from individually sponsored events where a permit for public assembly or other relevant permission has been obtained from the Village Clerk.
D. 
The operation or use of any organ, radio, bell, chimes or other instrument, apparatus or device by any church, synagogue or school licensed or chartered by the State of New York, provided that such operation or use does not occur between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
E. 
Noise generated by the installation and maintenance of utilities.
F. 
Noise generated by the Department of Public Works.
G. 
Sounds connected with organized sporting events of any public or private school or permitted special events or sports programs.
H. 
Noise generated by snow removal.

§ 115-7 Penalties for offenses.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall receive a warning for the first offense, a written warning or ticket for a continuation of the first offense or a second offense and upon a continuation after warning or for a third offense the person shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 for a subsequent offense and in the same amount for any subsequent offense. The Village of Cazenovia may also seek injunctive relief to prevent the continued violation of this chapter.

§ 115-8 Enforcement.

The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department of the Village of Cazenovia.

§ 115-9 Effect of other provisions.

The provisions of this chapter shall in no case remove or render less restrictive limitations on noise generated or other conditions imposed for specific properties by actions of the Cazenovia Planning Board or by the actions of the Cazenovia Zoning Board of Appeals or required under other applicable laws or regulations.