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Noise Ordinance



Refer to Chapter 21, Article II of the Municipal Code for noise ordinances of the City of Charleston.

Division 1. Generally
Sec. 21-16. Loud and unnecessary noises restricted.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, entity, or establishment to make, continue, or allow to be made or continued, any clamorous singing, yelling, shouting, whooping, bellowing, hollering, or other loud, obstreperous, wanton and unnecessary noises, or to make, continue, or allow to be made or continued, any loud gatherings, either in the day time or at night, which disturb the peace and quiet of the city, whether in the public street, on privately owned or controlled property, or within enclosures, public or private.

Sec. 21-17. Playing of amplified music or other sounds after 11:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. in privately owned or controlled courtyards or outdoor areas prohibited; playing of music or other sounds without amplification in privately owned or controlled courtyards or outdoor areas after midnight and before 7:00 a.m. prohibited; transmission of amplified music or other sounds through open windows or door openings after 11:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. prohibited; transmission of amplified music through exterior speakers prohibited except as provided in subsection (b) herein.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person, entity or establishment to play, operate or cause to be played or operated, any radio, amplified musical instrument including but not limited to brass or drum instruments or the amplified device or apparatus making or reproducing musical or other sounds within a privately owned or controlled courtyard or outdoor area after 11:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. in such a manner as to be audible in any public street or right-of-way.

 

 

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