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Village Issues Regulations On Generator Usage

As with numerous towns and villages across Long Island, last summer’s Hurricane Irene had its own devastating effect on the Village of Roslyn Harbor.

The village, according to officials, suffered so much damage, including power outages, that many residents have purchased generators for their homes. Generators can make noise and so the board of trustees, at a May 14 meeting, adopted a new local law to deal with that situation and to articulate “supplementary requirements for certain uses [of generations] in residential districts.”

Any generator that is installed must only provide “temporary electrical service to a dwelling and its component elements,” the law states.

Further, any unit cannot be located in a front yard and must comply with “minimum side and rear setback requirements” for any dwelling. In addition, “under no circumstances shall accessory electrical generator equipment have a setback less than the required side and rear yard for an accessory structure.”

Addressing a main concern, generators must be equipped and maintained with an “adequate sound attenuation enclosure and/or panels” which must be in compliance with operational noise levels as established by the board of trustees.

In addition, new generations will be screened to the extent “reasonable and practical” by the building inspector, with the purpose of reducing and minimizing “the adverse impacts of operational noise and visibility of the unit from surrounding properties.”

The required screening, after that initial test, will be maintained by the homeowner. However, the building inspector can require an inspection report to ensure that generator equipment remains within village noise regulations.