[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Page 2-11-1980 as Ch. 3 of the 1980 Code of the County of Page. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is enacted pursuant to § 15.1-510 of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of providing necessary regulation for the conducting of musical or entertainment festivals conducted in open spaces not within an enclosed structure and of any gathering or groups of individuals for the purpose of listening to or participating in entertainment conducted in open spaces not within an enclosed structure in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens and inhabitants of Page County.
When used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
- The Board of Supervisors of Page County, Virginia.
- ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL
- Any gathering of groups or individuals for the purpose of
observing or participating in entertainment conducted in open spaces
not within an enclosed structure.[Amended 12-15-2009]
No persons, firm, corporation or partnership shall stage, promote or conduct any entertainment festival in the unincorporated areas of Page County unless there shall have been first obtained from the Board a special entertainment permit for said festival.
Application for such special entertainment permits shall be in writing on forms provided for the purpose and filed in duplicate with the Clerk of the Board at least 30 days before the date of such festival and 21 days prior to a meeting of said Board. Such applications shall have attached thereto and made a part thereof the plans, statements, approvals and other documents required by this chapter. A copy of such applications shall be sent by certified mail by the Clerk to each member of the Board the day such applications are filed.
The Board shall act on such applications within 10 days from the filing of the same. If granted, the permit shall be issued, in writing, on a form for the purpose and mailed by the Clerk to the applicant at the address indicated. If denied, the refusal shall be in writing and the reasons for such denial stated therein and mailed by the Clerk to the applicant at the address indicated.
Such permit shall not be issued unless the following conditions are met and the following plans, statements and approvals submitted to the Board with the application:
A copy of the ticket or badge of admission to said festival, containing the date or dates and time or times of said festival, together with a statement by the applicant of the total number of tickets to be offered for sale and the best reasonable estimate by the applicant of the number of persons expected to be in attendance.
A statement of the name and address of the promoters of the festival, the financial backing of the festival and the names of all persons or groups who will perform at said festival.
A statement of the location of the proposed festival, the name and address of the owner of the property on which said festival is to be held and the nature and interest of the applicant therein.
A plan for adequate sanitation facilities and garbage, trash and sewage disposal for persons at the festival. This plan shall meet the requirements of all state and local statutes, ordinances and regulations and shall be approved by the County Health Officer.
A plan for providing food, water and lodging for the persons at the festival. This plan shall meet the requirements of all state and local statutes, ordinances and regulations and shall be approved by the County Health Officer.
A plan for adequate medical facilities for persons at the festival approved by the County Health Officer.
A plan for adequate parking facilities, traffic control and safe access in and around the festival area approved by the Sheriff.
A plan for adequate fire protection. This plan shall meet the requirements of all state and local statutes, ordinances and regulations and shall be approved by the County Forest Warden.
A statement specifying whether any outdoor lights or lighting is to be utilized and, if so, a plan showing the location of such lights and shielding devices or other equipment to prevent unreasonable glow beyond the property on which the festival is located.
A statement that no music or other sound shall be created, either by mechanical device or live performance, in such a manner that the sound emanating therefrom shall be unreasonably audible beyond the property on which the festival is located.
No permits which are not assignable or transferable shall be issued under this chapter unless the applicant shall furnish to the Board written permission for the Board, its lawful agents or duly constituted law enforcement officers to go upon the property at any time for the purpose of determining compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The Board shall have the right to revoke any permit issued under this chapter upon noncompliance with any of its provisions and conditions.
Music shall not be rendered nor entertainment provided for more than eight hours in any twenty-four-hour period, such twenty-four-hour periods to be measured from the beginning of the first performance at said festival.
No person under the age of 18 years of age shall be admitted to any festival unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, the parent or guardian to remain with said person at all times.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,500 or by confinement in jail not exceeding 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense. The Board may bring suit in the Circuit Court of Page County to restrain, enjoin or otherwise prevent violation of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed in order to effectively carry out the purpose of this chapter in the interest of the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens and residents of Page County.