Village of Rockville Centre, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rockville Centre 2-22-1971 by L.L. No. 1-1971 as Ch. 84 of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Aircraft — See Ch. 78.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 81.
Amusement and gaming devices — See Ch. 84.
Animals — See Ch. 87.
Bowling alleys and pool hails — See Ch. 105.
Broadcasting reception — See Ch. 109.
Businesses — See Ch. 138.
Entertainment — See Ch. 163.
Firearms and explosives — See Ch. 178.
Lodging and boarding houses — See Ch. 225.
Parades and processions — See Ch. 239.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 247.
Streets and sidewalks —  See Ch. 287.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 309.
Zoning — See Ch. 340.

§ 232-1 Loud, unnecessary or disturbing noises prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which annoys, disturbs or injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others. The following restrictions are specific enactments to curb and prevent disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive.

§ 232-2 Restrictions on loudspeakers.

A. 
No person shall maintain or operate or permit to be maintained or operated any loudspeaker attachment connected with a radio or television apparatus or talking machine or other primary source of sound in such a manner that the loudspeaker will project sound outside of any building so that the sound is audible for a distance of more than 30 feet from the point of its origin.
B. 
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the operation of radio or television apparatus or talking machines in a reasonable manner within any building or structure, even though the sound therefrom may be heard outside such building or structure up to 30 feet therefrom, provided that such radio or television apparatus or talking machine is not connected with a loudspeaker or amplifier or sound conveyer fastened to or connected with an outside wall or which projects from a window or other opening.
C. 
Nothing herein contained shall preclude or prohibit the use by a church or any religious organization of loudspeakers or other amplifying devices to broadcast the sound of bells, chimes or carillons or replicas thereof.
D. 
Nothing herein contained shall preclude or prohibit the reasonable use of loudspeakers, amplifiers or other broadcasting devices in any outdoor sports arena, stadium or public park during the progress of a game, exhibition or other program conducted in a public place in compliance with other legal regulations applicable thereto or at a railroad or bus station in connection with the operation of a common carrier in advising the public as to the arrival and departure of public conveyances and similar information.

§ 232-3 Use of horns, signaling devices, etc.

No person shall sound or cause to be sounded any horn or signaling device on any motorcar, motorcycle, motorboat or other vehicle on any street, waterway or public place of the village, except as a danger signal or traffic warning, nor shall any person create or cause to be created by the use of such devices any unreasonably loud, harsh or prolonged sound.

§ 232-4 Sound amplification from aircraft.

A. 
No person shall operate or cause to be operated any aircraft for any purpose over the village with sound-amplifying equipment in operation audible to persons on the ground. This prohibition includes amplification of human voices and musical instruments and forbids the broadcasting of the advertisements of any product, function or cause and the dissemination of messages, recitals, reading or other material of any kind, unless the same have been duly authorized by an official agency of government.
B. 
The prohibition herein shall not apply to broadcasting of warning signals from devices installed on authorized aircraft or to the use of any horn or other mechanism when operated to ensure safety in aerial navigation.

§ 232-5 Noises from motors or engines.

No person shall operate or cause to be operated any motorcar, motorboat or other mechanism propelled by gasoline, fuel oil or other combustible substance unless the same shall be properly equipped with a muffler so designed and in such condition as to prevent unnecessary noise in its operation.

§ 232-6 Noises from factories, warehouses and transfer stations.

[Amended 11-6-1995 by L.L. No. 10-1995]
No person shall operate or permit the carrying on of any activities in connection with the operation of any factory, warehouse or transfer station in which the primary activity is not totally enclosed within the four walls of a building whenever such an establishment is located within 200 feet of a residence zone, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. or at any time on Sunday.

§ 232-7 Noises from construction, improvement or renovation to interior or exterior of private property.

[Added 11-27-1995 by L.L. No. 12-1995; amended 2-8-2011 by L.L. No. 3-2011]
No contractor or construction company shall conduct or permit any construction, improvement or renovation, or the operation of equipment in connection with any improvement, construction or renovation, with respect to the interior or exterior of any private property, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. on any day and 8:00 a.m. on the following day, nor at any time on Sunday or on any of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Assembly or delivery of personnel and/or materials or equipment or other preparation for any such construction-related activity may commence no earlier than 7:30 a.m. on any day when such activity is permitted to be performed. The restrictions in this section shall not apply to any such activity authorized by a Village official in charge of the appropriate Village department in case of emergency, nor to such activity when performed by or for a government agency or a utility company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this section shall not be construed to prohibit activities occurring solely within the interior of a building where the sound from such activity is not audible beyond the property line of the property where the activity is being conducted.

§ 232-8 Air-conditioning or similar units.

[Added 4-3-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
No person shall operate or maintain, or cause to be operated or maintained, any air-conditioning compressor unit or similar unit which emits sound which is audible at the nearest property line at a sound measurement level in excess of 60 dBA.