Town of Salina, NY
Onondaga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Salina 8-22-1977 by L.L. No. 8-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 160-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Noise Control Code of the Town of Salina."

§ 160-2 Purpose.

A. 
It is found and declared that:
(1) 
The making and creation of loud or disturbing noise within the limits of the Town of Salina is a condition which has existed for some time, and the extent and volume of such noise is increasing.
(2) 
The making, creation or maintenance of such loud or disturbing noises which are prolonged, unusual or unnatural in their time, place and use affect and are a detriment to the health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare and prosperity of the residents of the Town of Salina.
B. 
It is hereby declared as a matter of legislative determination and public policy that the provisions and prohibitions hereinafter contained and enacted are in the public interest and in pursuance of and for the purpose of securing and promoting the health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare and prosperity of the residents of the Town of Salina.

§ 160-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
The Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of Salina.
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DISTURBING NOISE
Includes those noises enumerated in § 160-4 hereof.
LOUD NOISE
Includes any sound which produces a sound level of 88 decibels or more as measured on the A-scale of a standard sound-level meter having characteristics defined by the American National Standards Institute specifications for sound-level meters, S1.4-1971, as amended, said sound level being measured by a microphone placed no closer than a distance of 50 feet, plus or minus five, from the point of origin of the noise.
SOUND DEVICE
Includes any apparatus or device for the making, reproduction or amplification of the human voice or other sounds, including but not limited to television and radio receiving sets, phonographs, musical instruments, loudspeakers, sound amplifiers and other machines and devices for the production or reproduction of sound.
TOWN OF SALINA
Includes that portion of the Town of Salina, Onondaga County, New York, located outside the boundaries of the Incorporated Village of Liverpool.
UNNECESSARY
That which is not required by the usual circumstances.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 160-4 Disturbing noises enumerated.

The following acts are declared to be disturbing noises in violation of this chapter.
A. 
Horns, signaling devices, etc. The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle while stationary, except as a danger signal or warning signal; the sounding of any such horn or signaling device for an unnecessary period of time.
B. 
Yelling, etc., in public places. Yelling, shouting, crying, hooting, whistling or singing between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, in, on, near or adjacent to any public street, park or place in the Town of Salina so as to be distinctly audible upon any such street, park or place in the Town of Salina.
C. 
Sound devices. The using or operating of or permitting to be played, used or operated any sound device in such a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from such sound device or a distance of 50 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which such sound device is located, whichever is greater, or in such a manner as to create a disturbance or nuisance to neighbors in a one- or two-family dwelling or a multiple-family dwelling, including hotels and motels.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997; 4-27-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998; 12-14-1998 by L.L. No. 7-1998]
D. 
Sound devices in public places. The using or operating of or permitting to be played, used or operated any sound device for commercial or business purposes at any time or for any purpose between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, in or near or adjacent to any public street, park or place in the Town of Salina so as to be distinctly audible upon any such street, park or place in the Town of Salina.
E. 
Construction, etc., at night. The erecting (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building or structure or the performance of any construction work, tree removal, debris removal or the operation or maintenance of equipment causing noise plainly audible at any adjoining property line between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of the public health and safety, and then only with a permit from the Code Enforcement Officer, which permit may be granted for a period not to exceed three days or fewer while the emergency continues.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
F. 
Animals. The keeping of any animal or bird which causes frequent or long-continued noise plainly audible at any adjoining property line or permitting any animal so kept to cause such noise.
G. 
Exhausts. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any device, including but not limited to any steam engine, motor vehicle engine or stationary internal-combustion engine, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom; the idling of trucks with diesel engines and trucks with refrigeration units adjacent to residential properties which creates a disturbance or nuisance between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
H. 
Snowmobiles, minibikes, etc. The operation of snowmobiles, minibikes, motorcycles or similar devices between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, on private property closer than 200 feet to any residences, except the residence of the owner or operator thereof or any residences to which the owner or operator thereof may be invited.
I. 
Standing motor vehicles. No person shall operate or permit the operation between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day of any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 10,000 pounds, or any auxiliary equipment attached to such a vehicle, for a period longer than five minutes, except when the temperature is at or below 25º F., so that such noise is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from such vehicle, in any hour while the vehicle is stationary for reasons other than traffic congestion or emergency, on a public right-of-way or public spaces in any area adjacent to a residentially zoned property.
[Added 4-27-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]

§ 160-5 Disturbing noises prohibited.

No person shall make, continue or cause or permit to be made or continued in the Town of Salina any loud or disturbing noise.

§ 160-6 Exceptions.

The following sounds shall not be deemed a violation of this chapter:
A. 
Sounds created by church or school bells or chimes.
B. 
Sounds created by any government agency by use of public warning devices, including alerting sirens or horns used to alert volunteer firefighters.
[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
C. 
Sounds created by lawn mowers in use between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time.
D. 
Sounds created by snowplowing or snow removal equipment during the winter season, at any time.
[Amended 12-14-1998 by L.L. No. 7-1998]

§ 160-7 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 5-27-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
A violation of this chapter is an offense punishable as provided in of Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty. Each continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.