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City Releases Second Draft of Proposed Noise Ordinance
Friday, April 8, 2011

Contact: Bob Hagemann, 704-336-2651
Keith Richardson, 704-336-5865

The City of Charlotte has released a second draft of proposed changes to the City’s noise ordinance. This draft takes into account citizen input from the Community Safety Committee meeting held on Monday, March 21, public feedback (including conversations with stakeholders), and internal discussions among City departments including the City Manager’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, and Neighborhood & Business Services. The proposal would establish the following decibel limits measured at the business establishment’s property line:
  • 85 db(A) Sunday – Thursday between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • 60 db(A) Sunday – Thursday between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • 85 db(A) Friday – Saturday between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • 60 db(A) Friday – Saturday between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Even with these decibel limits, an enforcement action could be taken only if the sound is disturbing to residential life. The purpose of the lowered late night decibel limits is to allow televisions and background music that is essentially self contained on the property. By measuring at the sound producing property rather than sound receiving property, CMPD would be better able to differentiate between the sound generated by the business and ambient noise. These proposed ordinances changes will be discussed at the next Community Safety meeting at noon on Wednesday, April 20 in Room 280 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 E. Fourth St.).

Residents can still review proposed changes and provide feedback through an online survey.

To read a summary of the second draft of proposed changes, click here.