Village of Round Lake, NY
Saratoga County
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§ 130-1 Measurement.

A. 
The measurement of noise or sound shall be made by the enforcement officer or his designee with a sound-level meter meeting the standards prescribed by the American National Standards Institute SI.4.
B. 
Except where otherwise prescribed, the slow meter response of the sound-level meter shall be used in order to determine that the average of three readings taken over a fifteen-minute period does not exceed the limiting sound levels set forth in this article.
C. 
Measurement of noise levels shall be made at the prescribed locations and shall be taken at least four feet from ground level.
D. 
Compliance with noise limits is to be maintained at all elevations at the boundary of the property.
E. 
For any source of sound which emits a pure tone or impulsive sound, the maximum sound-level limits set forth in § 130-2 shall be reduced by five dBA.

§ 130-2 Maximum permissible sound levels.

No person shall operate or cause to be operated on private property any source of sound in such a manner as to create a sound level which exceeds 50 decibels between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or 60 decibels between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. when measured at or within the property boundary of the receiving land use.

§ 130-3 Exemptions.

The provisions of § 130-2 shall not apply to:
A. 
The use of bells, chimes or sound amplifiers by churches engaged in church activities.
B. 
Activities of the Village or volunteer fire companies in the performance of their duties, drills or public demonstrations.
C. 
Activities in public parks, playgrounds or public buildings under permission or authority of the Village.
D. 
Motor vehicles and motorcycles operating off public rights-of-way pursuant to permission or authority of the Village.
E. 
Refuse-collecting vehicles as regulated pursuant § 130-4E.
F. 
Recreational motorized vehicles operating off public rights-of-way as regulated pursuant to § 130-4D.
G. 
The use of snowblowers, lawn mowers and domestic power tools.
H. 
Electrical distribution transformers.

§ 130-4 Specific prohibitions.

Without limiting the general applicability of § 130-2, the following acts are further regulated as herein provided:
A. 
Sound trucks.
(1) 
A "sound truck," as referred to herein shall mean a motor vehicle or trailer containing sound amplification equipment capable of generating a sound-level reading of 65 dBA or more measured at a distance of 50 feet from the source.
(2) 
Sound trucks may be operated in accordance with the following regulations upon the issuance of a permit by the Board of Trustees for each occasion for each location:
(a) 
Sound trucks shall not be operated before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
(b) 
Moving sound trucks shall keep to the extreme right-hand side of the road and shall proceed at a speed of not less than 10 miles per hour.
(c) 
Stationary sound trucks are prohibited on all streets, roads or avenues having a speed limit of 20 miles per hour.
B. 
Noise-sensitive zones: schools, courts, churches, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. The emission of excessive noise on a street adjacent to a school, institution of learning, church or court while in use or adjacent to a hospital or nursing home, which unreasonably interferes with the working of the institution or which disturbs or unduly annoys patients in the hospital or nursing home is prohibited, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in such a street indicating that it is a school, hospital, church or court street.
C. 
Motor vehicles and motorcycles operating off public rights-of-way. No person shall operate or cause to be operated a motor vehicle or motorcycle off a public right-of-way at any time and in such a manner that the sound level emitted by the motor vehicle or motorcycle exceeds the following levels measured at 50 feet or 15 meters:
Vehicle Type
Sound Level
(dBA)
Snowmobile
75
Any other vehicle
82
D. 
Recreational motorized vehicles operating off public rights-of-way.
(1) 
Except as permitted in Subsection D(3), no person shall operate or cause to be operated any recreational motorized vehicle off a public right-of-way in such a manner that the sound level emitted therefrom exceeds the following limits at a distance of 50 feet (15 meters) or more from the path of said vehicle.
(2) 
This subsection shall apply to all recreational motorized vehicles, whether or not duly licensed and registered, including, but not limited to, commercial or noncommercial racing vehicles, go-carts, snowmobiles, amphibious craft, campers and dune buggies, but not including motorboats.
(3) 
Permits for motor vehicle racing events may be obtained from the Village according to appropriate procedures.
Sound Level in dBA
Speed Limit
(miles per hour)
Stationary
Vehicle Class
35 or less
Over 35
Run-up
Motor carrier vehicle engaged in interstate commerce of GVWR or GCWR of 10,000 pounds or more
86
90
88
All other motor vehicles of GVWR or GCWR of 10,000 pounds
82
86
Any motorcycle
82
86
Any other motor vehicle or any combination of vehicles towed by any motor vehicle
76
80
E. 
Refuse collection vehicles. No person shall:
(1) 
Operate or permit the operation of the compacting mechanism of any motor vehicle which compacts refuse and which creates, during the compacting cycle, a sound level in excess of 80 dBA when measured at 23 feet (seven meters) from any point on the vehicle; or
(2) 
Collect refuse with a refuse collection vehicle between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. within 150 feet of a noise-sensitive zone.
F. 
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 (GVWR) in excess of 10,000 pounds, or any auxiliary equipment attached to such a vehicle, for a period longer than 30 minutes in any hour while the vehicle is stationary for reasons other than traffic congestion or emergency on public right-of-way or public space.
G. 
Tampering. The moving or rendering inaccurate or inoperative of any sound-monitoring instrument or device positioned by the Village or its designated employee or agent is prohibited, provided that such device or the immediate area is clearly labeled to warn of the potential illegality of such tampering.