[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wappingers Falls 11-13-1985 by L.L. No. 7-1985; amended in its entirety 2-12-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Board of Trustees to prevent unreasonable, loud, disturbing and unnecessary sounds and vibrations and to reduce the noise level within the Village to preserve, protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare and to foster peace and quiet within the Village by the inhabitants thereof. The Village Board finds that every person is entitled to have maintained noise levels which are not detrimental to life, health and enjoyment of property and that excessive and unnecessary noise within the Village of Wappingers Falls affects and is a menace to public health, safety, welfare and the comfort of the inhabitants of the Village, either individuals or as a whole.
The following sounds shall not be deemed to be a violation of this chapter:
Sound created by church bells or chimes.
Sounds created by any government agency or by the use of public warning devices.
Sounds created by lawn mowers, manual or power tools and household appliances in use between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays except for emergency power equipment noises, violent wind, storms, etc., which require immediate cleanup and attention.
Sounds created by public utilities in carrying out the operation of their franchises.
Sounds connected with sporting events of any public organization or private or public school or authorized bazaars, fairs, parades, exhibitions, etc., by either permit or authorization from the village or by churches, nonprofit organizations, etc., within the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight daily.
The following noises shall be prohibited:
Television, radio, phonograph or musical instruments in such a manner of operation or such volume as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any dwelling, apartment or other type of residence.
Animals and birds: owning, possessing or harboring any animal or bird that frequently or for a continued duration makes sounds that create a noise disturbance across a residential property line.
Automobiles or other vehicles: the use of any automobile, motorcycle, recreational vehicle, bus or other vehicle so out of repair, so loaded or in such a manner as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise.
Exhaust of engines that discharge into the open air or the exhaust of any stationary internal combustion engine or motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter may be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both.