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Nassau/TOH Noise Ordinance?


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#1 TTSkipper

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Posted June 22 2012 - 08:37 PM

Does anyone know where I can find what the noise ordinance for the Town of Hempstead is or where it can be found online.  My neighbor is throwing a rager and I am in the basement at the opposite end of my house and can hear their music over my TV.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 08:48 PM

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Posted June 22 2012 - 08:48 PM

Call the police let them decide.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 08:51 PM

I am giving them until 11 which is when we normally go to sleep.  Our bedroom is on the side that their house is on and there is no way that we will be able to sleep.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 08:55 PM

It's going to be 11pm... I tolerate a party here and there so my neighbors don't call on me when it's our turn... Might want to give that a thought before you call the cops. Also the last day of school... Grad party's?

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Posted June 22 2012 - 08:59 PM

I recall tobay is 11PM... maybe the same in toh.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 09:01 PM

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It's going to be 11pm... I tolerate a party here and there so my neighbors don't call on me when it's our turn... Might want to give that a thought before you call the cops. Also the last day of school... Grad party's?

11pm as stated. Good call to not rat the neighbors. I would however keep an eye out for underage drunks. They tend to be overly dramatic, testosterone rages and parked cars get messed up. Any sign of underage drinking is the breaking point for me regardless of time. The life you save with a phone call might be theirs.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 09:12 PM

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11pm as stated. Good call to not rat the neighbors. I would however keep an eye out for underage drunks. They tend to be overly dramatic, testosterone rages and parked cars get messed up. Any sign of underage drinking is the breaking point for me regardless of time. The life you save with a phone call might be theirs.

I can not see into their yard without being obvious, my garage and a row of arborvitaes blocks my view, just not the sound.  I don't want to rat them out and wouldn't until after the hours of the ordinance and I am even willing to give them a little leeway afterwards, maybe 30 minutes to see if they turn it down before I call.  I can not imagine that the people who live across the street from them have not called yet as they are all older couples.  They are the corner lot and their back yard borders my side yard.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 09:14 PM

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I can not see into their yard without being obvious, my garage and a row of arborvitaes blocks my view, just not the sound.  I don't want to rat them out and wouldn't until after the hours of the ordinance and I am even willing to give them a little leeway afterwards, maybe 30 minutes to see if they turn it down before I call.  I can not imagine that the people who live across the street from them have not called yet as they are all older couples.  They are the corner lot and their back yard borders my side yard.

Theyre probably all sleeping and can't hear the noise  :P

Good luck... I hate these situations

Luckily I have Spanish neighbors, so when they party, I feel like I'm in the Caribbean lol

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Posted June 22 2012 - 09:17 PM

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Theyre probably all sleeping and can't hear the noise  :P

Good luck... I hate these situations

Luckily I have Spanish neighbors, so when they party, I feel like I'm in the Caribbean lol


Empty Carib beer bottles laying everywhere?
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Posted June 22 2012 - 09:35 PM

Yeah all house music next door tonight.  Carribean I could probably fall asleep to dreaming I was in a hammock on the beach.  I have never had dreams of falling asleep at a construction site though.  
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Posted June 22 2012 - 10:04 PM

I am printing below the relevant (as appears from your post) portion of the Town of Hempstead Municipal Code.  I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the Code printed below nor your understanding or use of the Code.  As stated by the Code, for the official version contact the Town of Hempstead.  Before taking any action, you may want to consult an attorney.


“For the official version please contact the municipality.

Town of Hempstead, NY


CHAPTER 144     UNREASONABLE NOISE

[HISTORY: Comes from Ord. No. 25, adopted 9-12-1950, effective 11-20-1950; amended in its entirety 11-1-1983 by L.L. No. 99-1983, effective 11-7-1983.]

GENERAL REFERENCES


Special events — See Ch. 165.

Peddlers, solicitors and canvassers — See Ch. 118.

Sunday exhibitions — See Ch. 122.

Explosives — See Ch. 159.


ARTICLE I General Provisions (§ 144-1 — § 144-3)

Editor's Note: Original § 144-0 of this Article provided the following declarations of findings and policy: "It is universally concluded that excessive sound and vibration are hazards to the public health, welfare, safety and quality of life; and a substantial body of science and technology exists through which excessive sound and vibration may by substantially abated; and being mindful that those of us within the Town are entitled to live in an environment free from excessive sound and vibration which may deprive health, welfare or safety or degrade the quality of life, it is, therefore, the policy of the Town of Hempstead to prevent excessive sound and vibration which may jeopardise the health, welfare or safety of its citizens or degrade the quality of life. Accordingly, this chapter shall apply to the control of all sound and vibration originating within the limits of the Town of Hempstead."


§ 144-1 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

DECIBEL A unit for measuring the volume of sound, equal to 20 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the pressure of sound measured to the reference pressure, which is 20 micropascals or 20 micronewtrons per square meter.

DEMOLITION Any dismantling, intentional destruction or removal of structures, utilities, public or private right-of-way surfaces or similar property.

NOISE Any sound which annoys or disturbs humans or which causes or tends to cause an adverse psychological or physiological effect on humans.

NOISE DISTURBANCE Any sound which either endangers or injures the safety or health of humans or animals or annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivity or endangers or damages property; same as "unreasonable noise."

REAL PROPERTY BOUNDARY An imaginary line along the ground surface, and its vertical extension, which separates the real property owned by another person, but not including intrabuilding real property divisions.

SOUND An oscillation in pressure, particle displacement, particle velocity or other physical parameter, in a medium with internal forces that causes compression and rarefaction of that medium. The description of sound may include any characteristic of the sound being described.

UNREASONABLE NOISE Any sound which either endangers or injures the safety or health of humans or animals or annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivity or endangers or damages property; same as "noise disturbance."


§ 144-2 General prohibitions.

A. It shall be unlawful and an offense against this chapter for any person to unreasonably make, continue or cause to be made or continued any unreasonable noise or noise disturbance.

B. Sound emanating from public speaking and public assembly activities conducted on public property shall be exempt from the provisions of Subsection A of this section.


§ 144-3 Specific prohibitions.

Any conduct contributing toward participation in any of the following activities hereby are declared to be offenses against this chapter:


A. The sounding of any horn or signal device on any automobile, motorcycle, truck, bus or other vehicle, except as a warning signal pursuant to the provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.

B. Operating, playing or permitting the operation or playing of any radio, television, phonograph, drum, musical instrument, sound amplifier or similar device which produces, reproduces or amplifies sound in such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across a real property boundary.

C. Owning, possessing or harboring any animal or bird which howls, barks, meows, squawks or makes any other sounds which creates a noise disturbance across a residential real property boundary.

D. The use of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle in such a manner as to create a noise disturbance across a residential real property boundary.

E. The blowing of any steam whistle attached to any stationary boiler, except to give notice of the time to begin or stop work or as a warning of danger.

F. The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationary internal-combustion engine or motor vehicle, except through a muffler or other sound-dissipative device which effectively will prevent loud or explosive noises therefrom.

G. The erection, including excavating, demolition, alteration or repair, of any building other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, except in a case of urgent necessity in the interest of public safety, and then only with a permit from the Department of Buildings, which permit may be renewed for a period of three days or less while the emergency continues.

H. Creating or causing the creation of any sound on any street or public property adjacent to any school, institution of learning or court while the institution or court is in session, or adjacent to any hospital, which unreasonably interferes with the workings of the institution, court or hospital, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed in the area indicating that it is a school, hospital or court area.

I. Loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates or other containers in such a manner so as to create unreasonable noise.

J. Offering for sale or selling anything by shouting or outcry or making any other types of shouting or outcry within a residential area, thus creating unreasonable noise across a residential real property boundary.

K. The use of any loudspeaker or amplifier device such that the sound therefrom creates unreasonable noise across a real property boundary.

L. Using any radio apparatus, loudspeaker, public address system or similar device between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. producing sound across a real property boundary. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the operation of a radio apparatus, loudspeaker, public address system or similar device used in any reasonable manner within any building or structure that does not project sound across a real property boundary.

M. Operating or permitting the operation of any mechanical powered saw, sander, drill, grinder, lawn or garden tool, snowblower or similar device, which creates an unreasonable noise across a real property boundary other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on any day.

N. The operation of any machinery, equipment, pump, fan, exhaust fan, attic fan, air-conditioning apparatus or similar mechanical device in such a manner as to create an unreasonable noise across a real property boundary.

O. Burglar or fire alarm.

     (1) The installation, maintenance or use of any audible burglar alarm or fire alarm that is not provided with a device that will automatically shut off such alarm after 30 minutes of continuous sound.

     (2) Allowing or permitting such burglar alarm or fire alarm to emit sound audible beyond the real property boundaries of the user of said alarm for a continuous period of more than 30 minutes, whether or not said alarm has been equipped with the automatic shutoff device hereinabove required.



ARTICLE II Transient Sound From Aircraft in Flight and Other Devices (§ 144-4 — § 144-6)

[Text omitted by me as being irrelevant to OP]



ARTICLE III Penalties (§ 144-7)

Editor's Note: This Article was originally enacted 2-20-1968, effective 3-18-1968.


§ 144-7 Penalties for offenses.

Any person or persons, association or corportation committing an offense against this chapter, or any section or provision thereof, is guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days for each such offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”


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Posted June 22 2012 - 10:26 PM

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Empty Carib beer bottles laying everywhere?

They're actually pretty clean... Usually a kids birthday party and such... Winds down around 1030-11

I used to have a few big party's / year that ran very late, prior to my kids, so I'm tolerant

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Posted June 22 2012 - 10:29 PM

Just went upstairs and pulled out my Radio Shack sound level meter and I am getting 75 decibels in my bedroom with the windows closed.  They get a few more minutes and then I have had enough.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 10:45 PM

Wow!!! Surprised no one called if its that loud

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Posted June 22 2012 - 10:52 PM

Someone called.  It may have been me.  I waited until 11:40.  Took the police less than 10 minutes to come by.  I still hear the people but at least the pounding base is gone.
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Posted June 22 2012 - 11:03 PM

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Someone called.  It may have been me.  I waited until 11:40.  Took the police less than 10 minutes to come by.  I still hear the people but at least the pounding base is gone.


Well now that's a shame. Low frequency thumps can add a certain shall we say "component" to certain late night married for a long time adult actions.
This is certainly not an admission of my activity.





I'm such a smartalec.
Yeah, I have issues. So what.
I find it interesting. As my age, experience, and knowledge expands. My tolerance shrinks
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The FSA (Free Stuff Army) along with "I'm special" attitude is going to be the death of this wonderful country. I'm tired of paying for your stuff and you're only special to your family. Get over it.

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Posted June 22 2012 - 11:12 PM

Wow, you guys are a tough crowd!! if my neighbors called the police on me, i would take the ticket and make the music even louder as soon as they left. if it was a weekly occurrence , thats a totally different story, its summer time and, its  friday night, take an ambien, put down the DB meter and go to bed. We were all young once, and we've all had parties, don't worry be happy :P

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Posted June 22 2012 - 11:15 PM

Wow, you guys are a tough crowd!! if my neighbors called the police on me, i would take the ticket and make the music even louder as soon as they left. if it was a weekly occurrence , thats a totally different story, its summer time and, its  friday night, take an ambien, put down the DB meter and go to bed. We were all young once, and we've all had parties, don't worry be happy :P

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Posted June 22 2012 - 11:16 PM

Allfiredup said:

Wow, you guys are a tough crowd!! if my neighbors called the police on me, i would take the ticket and make the music even louder as soon as they left. if it was a weekly occurrence , thats a totally different story, its summer time and, its  friday night, take an ambien, put down the DB meter and go to bed. We were all young once, and we've all had parties, don't worry be happy :P


Let me guess. Under 30? Don't have to work Saturday? Don't have a young child at home?
With age comes experience.

ETA your advice to someone who has noise issues from a neighbor who at the point of party cares nothing for their neighbors is to take a drug to fall asleep?
So I should modify my behavior and medicate because of a thoughtless idiot?
Yeah, I have issues. So what.
I find it interesting. As my age, experience, and knowledge expands. My tolerance shrinks
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