Violation of the City Noise Ordinance is now back to being a misdemeanor. Find out why on #BullCityToday.
Transcript: Violation of the City Noise Ordinance is now back to being a misdemeanor. The City Council approved amending the ordinance to add that language during its June 6 meeting. The change was needed because while we prefer to deal with violations of the City Code by educating violators, other enforcement tools are sometimes necessary. State statutes had previously automatically made violation of a city or county ordinance a misdemeanor or infraction, but the General Assembly eliminated that as the default option in December of last year. Since then, we have not had criminal penalties as a potential enforcement mechanism for violations of the noise ordinance nor for many other violations of the City Code. While a complete re-write of the City Code is underway to address this, changes to the noise ordinance were expedited because of repeated complaints in recent months and with the expectation that there will be additional complaints as we head into summer. The change to the noise ordinance now means that criminal penalties may be imposed for violations. To review the ordinance changes in detail, visit Durham NC dot gov slash agenda center for the June 6 City Council meeting.