Tighter noise limits are in effect in the town of Huntington.
The town board adopted new limits that have tightened the definitions of noise at property lines, changed the designation of to whom a sound-device permit is issued, made it easier to prosecute violators of the code, and increased the penalties.
“I think we got rid of some loopholes in the law that will help our code enforcement, and it will enhance people’s quality of life,” Town board member Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the resolution, said.
The changes, Cuthbertson said, were spurred by incidents in the past when a party planner hired by a resident would get a sound-device permit issued in his or her name. Problems arose if there was a noise complaint over a band or DJ being too loud. The town could not issue a violation to the homeowner or the musical entertainment because their names would not be on the permit and the town code did not allow a party planner to be prosecuted.
Under the new code, the property owner, lessee or their agent (a party planner) can apply for a sound-device permit for such special events such as block parties and backyard barbecues. If the agent applies, the property owner or lessee must consent in writing to the application.
The property owner and the permit holder are now held responsible for any violations.
The measure was approved by a vote of 4 to 1 with Town Board Member Mark Mayoka voting in opposition.
The penalty for a first-time offense has been increased from $50 to $100. The $25 cost of a sound-device permit remains the same, Cuthbertson said.