The City of Charlotte has enacted a Youth Protection Ordinance
that imposes a curfew for juveniles under 16 years of age. Juveniles under the age of 13 cannot be in a public place or business from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am on any day of the week
. Juveniles ages 13-15 cannot be in a public place or business from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am on any day of the week
(unless they fall within one of the exceptions listed below).
A person will be in violation of this ordinance if they are:
and he/she is in a public place or premises of an establishment during the restricted hours.
A parent, guardian or custodian
of a juvenile and he/she knowingly allows a juvenile to remain in a public place or on the premises of an establishment during the restricted hours.
A business owner or operator
and he/she knowingly allows a juvenile to remain upon the premises during the restricted hours.
A person 16 years of age or older
who aids and abets a juvenile in violating this ordinance.
A juvenile that violates this ordinance is subject to being adjudicated delinquent.
Any person other than a juvenile who violates this ordinance is guilty of a misdemeanor which requires a mandatory court appearance.
A juvenile who is in a public place or business during the restricted hours is not in violation of this ordinance if they are:
- Accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Accompanied by an adult 21 years or older who is authorized to be accompanying the juvenile for the designated period of time and purpose.
- On an errand, using a direct route, until 10:30 p.m. for juveniles under the age of 13 and 11:30 p.m. for juveniles ages 13-15.
- In a motor vehicle, with parental consent, engaged in interstate travel through the city originating or terminating the city.
- Traveling in a motor vehicle with a parent or guardian or other authorized person adult age 21 or older.
- Engaged in lawful employment or using a direct route to or from a place of employment.
- Reacting or responding to an emergency.
- Attending or traveling to or from an official function sponsored by the schools, a government or religious entity, a civic organization, or other entity that accepts responsibility for the juveniles.
- Exercising first amendment rights such as a free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and the right to assembly.
- Married or emancipated.
- When authorized by special permit from the Chief of Police when the necessary nighttime activities of the juveniles are not adequately addressed by other provisions of this ordinance.