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Noise Ordinance Revised

Charlotte officials have taken a second stab at revising the city's noise ordinance. The first attempt fell flat with musicians and bar owners because it prohibited any outdoor amplified music within 400 feet of a residential neighborhood. City staff determined that rule was too broad, and are now proposing an ordinance based on decibel limits. If residents complain about noise coming from an establishment, the police will measure the volume of the sound at the business' property line. The noise limits vary depending on day of the week and time of day. Chronic noise producers will face steep fines and may be prohibited from having outdoor music for a year. The City Council will consider this new proposal on April 20th.