Warren County, VA
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Warren County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Ch. 2, Art. I, of the 1975 Code]
It shall be unlawful to hold in the County any shooting match, turkey shoot or competition wherein firearms are discharged at targets in competition with other persons for prizes of any description between the hours of 11:30 p.m. local time and 10:00 a.m. the next morning or to hold such match, etc., within 300 feet of any occupied dwelling house without the written consent of the occupant thereof.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former Sec. 3-2, Hours of operation for licensed public dance halls, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 6-18-1990.
[Adopted as Ch. 2, Art. II, of the 1975 Code]
This article is enacted pursuant to § 15.2-1200, 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 of groups of individuals for the purpose of listening to or participating in entertainment which consists primarily of musical renditions 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 the County.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL
Any gathering of groups or individuals for the purpose of listening to or participating in entertainment which consists primarily of amplified musical renditions conducted in open spaces not within an enclosed structure and for which a charge is imposed for admission to the activity.
[Amended 8-17-2010]
A. 
No person shall stage. promote or conduct any musical or entertainment festival in the unincorporated areas of the County unless there shall have been first obtained from the Board a special entertainment permit for such festival.
B. 
Application for such special entertainment permits shall be in writing, on forms provided for that purpose and filed in duplicate with the Clerk of the Board at least 21 days before the date of such festival. Such applications shall have attached thereto and made a part thereof the plans, statements, approvals and other documents required by this article. 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.
C. 
The Board shall act on such applications within 10 days from the filing of such application. If granted. the permit shall be issued, in writing, on a form for that 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. 
A copy of the ticket or badge of admission to such festival, containing the date or dates and time or times of such 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.
B. 
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 such festival.
C. 
A statement of the location of the proposed festival, the name and address of the owner of the property on which such festival is to be held and the nature and interest of the applicant therein.
D. 
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.
E. 
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.
F. 
A plan for adequate medical facilities for persons at the festival, approved by the County Health Officer.
G. 
A plan for adequate parking facilities and traffic control in and around the festival area.
H. 
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.
I. 
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.
J. 
A statement that no music shall be played, 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.
A. 
No permit shall be issued under this article 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 article.
B. 
The Board shall have the right to revoke any permit issued under this article 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 period to be measured from the beginning of the first performance at such festival.
No person under the age of 18 years shall be admitted to any festival unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. the parent or guardian to remain with such person at all times.
The provisions of this article shall be liberally construed in order to effectively carry out the purpose of this article in the interest of the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens and residents of the County.