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Don’t let loud parties ruin your evening

If you’re worried that some of your neighbors might have loud holiday parties this year that go on into the wee hours and disrupt your sleep, fear not: the city of Phoenix has your back.

The city of Phoenix has an ordinance related to “threats to the public peace” which includes loud parties. Sometimes these parties can lead to not only excessive noise, but also obstruction of public streets (too many parked cars), public drunkenness, underage drinking, fights, and littering.

There are no “allowable” times during the day or night for any event that is considered a threat to the peace, health, safety and general welfare of the public. So if you want to call at 9 p.m., you surely can. However, you should be aware that these types of call are generally ranked lowest in priority (unless you are reporting gunshots with them). So it may take a bit for a police officer to respond. The officer has the option to give the party hosts a warning, or to immediately assess them a “police response service fee” of up to $1,000. The fee includes the salaries of the police officers who responded, based on time spent at the event, and may include any damage to city equipment.

For juvenile violators, the juvenile’s parents will be responsible for all fees and violations.

To report a loud party, illegal fireworks, numerous vehicles causing traffic hazards or blocking driveways, underage drinking, etc., call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151.

The fireworks law that went into effect in April this year now regulates when you can sell, purchase and use fireworks in our state. The penalty for selling, buying or using fireworks outside the permissible dates results in a civil fine of $1,000. To see a list of permissible fireworks for New Year’s Eve, visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/prevention, and select “Fireworks” under the Permits Required section.

Use of fireworks on preservation land owned by the city of Phoenix is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable with a $1,000 fine.

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