Houston’s new noise ordinance for bars and clubs is now in effect – Houston Public Media

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FILE: Leslie Roades, left, and David Schmitz drink beer at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston. The city announced Tuesday that music played outside will only be able to go up to 68 decibels; anything louder will require a permit.

Some bars, nightclubs and restaurants in Houston are now required to obtain a new type of permit, which city officials hope will limit excessive noise.

The order comes after complaints from residents of certain neighborhoods, such as Midtown and Montrose, who say loud music and amplified noise from bars and clubs are disruptive. A Commercial Establishment Permit is required for all bars located within 300 feet of a residence that wish to play music over 75 decibels Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The ordinance authorizes establishments to play outdoor music up to 68 decibels from Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Outdoor amplified sound will not be permitted at all for selected properties between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Establishments that violate the new order could face fines of $2,000.

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