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How Well Do You Know Brookhaven's Town Code?

How long must a dog bark to be considered a noise disturbance? Is it time for you to cut your grass? Find out if you know the rules in our town code quiz.

The Brookhaven Town Code - all town codes, for that matter - is a voluminous record of rules and regulations passed by town board members over the years.

But what exactly is in it?

Much of it pertains to land use - zoning regulations, development capacities, etc. Other parts regulate activities on preserved land in town, other parts on certain industries within Brookhaven (outside of incorporated villages), and of course part of it outlines responsibilities of certain town government capacities.

We thought we'd take a look and test our readers' knowledge about some of the more particular parts of it.

How high can your grass grow until the town can fine you $500? Are your backyard lights too elevated? Are your dogs a threat to your bank account? 

If you know the answers to all of these questions, you probably work in code enforcement or in the town clerk's office.

We'll post the answers in a few days, so check back soon.

Marian Larson April 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Please don't share with the town that my kids have had many cousins and friends sleep over through the years, definitely in violation of how many are permitted to sleep in a bedroom!
Rich Arleo (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
haha don't worry Marian, you definitely aren't the only one
C. Berry April 25, 2012 at 01:13 AM
What is the town code for persons living in one house. The house on Christian (the fraternity house) has at least twenty cars on the driveway 24/7. This is happening on Hallow also. I read last year that the town was looking into the house on Christian but obviously nothing has happened. Feeling very sorry for my high taxed neighbors on Hallow who live next to that house!! Anyone know the town code for unrelated individuals living in one household??
Mike Balsamo April 25, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Grass over 10" is subject to penalty. Don't work for the Town of Brookhaven, but town code is extremely important for constituents to be aware of - ultimately making you better able to defend your actions from frivolous town inspections and fines.
Christine Sampson (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
C.Berry: Thanks for commenting. The town has been dealing with the landlord in ongoing proceedings when it comes to the house at 150 Christian Avenue in Stony Brook. We've had a few updates on the story, and will continue to do so when news is available. Also, please email me directly related to the house on Hallow you mention. My email address is christines@patch.com. Thank you.
Concerned resident April 25, 2012 at 05:04 AM
How early can commercial landscapers run lawnmowers and other machinery on weekends? There are weekends here when they are out well before 8 and it drives me nuts!
Kristina Mirell April 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
My neighbor behind me has 2 dogs and my house is above theirs since we're on the hill. Their dogs aren't out ALL the time, but when they are they yap, bark, cry, howl. And even more so when the kids are outside playing. They keep the dogs in a large chain link pen. The dogs weren't trained very well so I suppose they keep them in the pen so they don't hurt the kids. they jump and all that. (from what I can hear thru the fence anyway). The crying and howling sounds like a sick and dying cow. (and I don't even know what that sounds like, but I've always heard it used to describe a horrible sound, lol) I tried looking for this law online because I thought it was CONSTANT noise, and now I see it's Intermittent, which is awesome, because now maybe something can be done.
Joseph Pinciaro (Editor) April 30, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Chapter 50 of the town code covers noise. It doesn't seem to limit yard equipment such as blowers and lawn mowers between any specific time, though there are decibel limits (with different limits before and after 7AM). You can read it here: http://ecode360.com/BR0012 - Joe
Linda January 31, 2013 at 07:47 PM
can anyone tell me what part of our property is concidered town property? Also if it is something like 3 or 4 feet from the street, is it wrong to park a car up on the grass off the street outside a fence line so the car is out of the way of passing traffic (residencial neighborhood)
John Christopher Lipnick April 19, 2013 at 07:38 PM
What are the height restrictions for hedges lining my property and my neighbors.


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