Town of Thompson, NY
Sullivan County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Thompson 7-7-1981 by L.L. No. 5-1981 (Ch. 170 of the 2003 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 113.
Animal noise — See Ch. 124.
Noise in parks — See Ch. 173, § 173-2B(9).
Racetrack noise — See Ch. 183, § 183-6D.
Snowmobile noise — See Ch. 198, § 198-6D.
General prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, aid, countenance, cause to be made or assist in making any unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. during any weekday and between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on any Sunday or holiday, except as otherwise hereinafter provided, within the limits of the Town of Thompson. Any noise which unreasonably interferes with the sleep, comfort, repose, health or safety of others is prohibited during the hours mentioned.
Prohibitions. The following acts are prohibited and declared to be in violation of this section, said enumeration not to be deemed exclusive:
[Amended 5-19-1987 by L.L. No. 1-1987]
The ringing of bells, sounding of gongs or blowing of any whistle or horn, other than musical instruments when used as a part of a band of music, except to give necessary signals upon a motor vehicle, bicycle or similar vehicle.
The maintenance and operation in or upon any building or upon any premises, street or public highway or any public or private place within the limits of the Town of Thompson of any radio, electrical device, amplifier or amplifying system, speakers or device of any kind whereby the sound therefrom is cast toward and directly or indirectly upon the public streets and highways or where any such device is maintained and operated for advertising purposes or for the purpose of attracting the attention of the passing public or which is so placed, operated or maintained that the sounds coming therefrom can be heard to the annoyance or inconvenience of travelers or residents upon any street or highway or of persons in or upon neighboring premises.
In the process of any building operations between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., to operate or use any pile driver, steam shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam or electrical hoist or other apparatus, the use of which is attended by loud or unusual noise, except by authorization pursuant to a resolution of the Town Board and then only granted in the event of an emergency.
The creation of loud or excessive noise in connection with the loading or unloading of any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers.
The keeping in any building or upon any premises of any animal, bird or fowl which produces and creates noises of a degree and kind to disturb the comfort, repose and quiet of neighbors or persons residing in the vicinity.[2]
Editor's Note: See also § 124-15, Limitations on dog barking, of Art. I, Dog Licensing and Control, of Ch. 124, Dogs and Other Domestic Animals.
The firing or discharging of a gun, firecracker, gunpowder or other combustible substance within the limits of the Town of Thompson with the intention and for the purpose of making noise or for the purpose of attracting attention, except upon some special celebration or occasion, in which latter event the permission of the Town Board shall first be obtained and, if granted, shall indicate specifically the date, time and place that such activity is authorized.
The use of an amplifying or public-address system shall be limited to brief announcements and messages for residents of the property upon which such system is located. The use of an amplifying or public-address system for such purpose shall be limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The use of such amplifying system to reproduce any radio or television program, or for the playing of any music from any source whatsoever, is hereby prohibited.
The creation of any excessive noise on any street or highway adjacent to any public or parochial school or hospital or nursing home, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed on such street or highway indicating that the same is a school or hospital zone and that quiet is required.
The creation of any sound or noise from any device known as a sound truck or motor vehicle containing any amplifying system whereby sounds, music or words are transmitted upon the public streets or highways of the Town of Thompson, unless specific permission therefor is obtained from the Town Board, which such permit, if and when issued, shall indicate the specific dates and times that the operation of such sound truck or movable amplifying system shall be authorized.
Editor's Note: Original § 79-1, Definitions, of the 1981 Code, which immediately preceded this section, was repealed 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003. See now Ch. 1, Art. III, Terminology.
Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to prevent the production of music in connection with any military, civic or authorized parade, funeral procession or religious ceremony or to prevent any musical performance conducted by consent of the Town Board. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any authorized motor vehicle.
The Town Board is hereby authorized, by resolution, to suspend any of the provisions of this chapter in connection with any holiday celebration or upon any occasion of special public interest, for such time and upon such conditions as shall be prescribed by the Town Board.[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 79-5, Penalties for offenses, of the 1981 Code, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003. See now Ch. 1, Art. II, General Penalty.