Ordinance G-5444, Chapter 2, Article 1, Division 5, Section 2-22, was amended to increase neighborhood safety and reduce threats to the public peace, health, safety and general welfare. The ordinance addresses parties, social gatherings or events which result in disturbing the peace, quiet and enjoyment of our community. These occurrences often lead to excessive noise and traffic, obstruction of public streets, public drunkenness, underage drinking, fights and littering, among other problems.
What does a loud party include?
Any large party, gathering, or event with five or more persons who have assembled for a special occasion, social activity or other event on public or private property.
What happens if a citizen calls the police?
If the activity is determined to be a threat to the peace, health, safety or general welfare of the public, the responsible party will be assessed a police response service fee.
There are no "allowable" times during the day or night. If the party, gathering, or event is considered a threat to the peace, health, safety and general welfare of the public, anytime during the night or day, the responsible party will be assessed a fee of up to $1,000.00.
What does the police service fee include?
The salaries of the police officers who respond based on time spent at the event, and may include any damage to city equipment or medical treatment, if needed.
Appeals to the police service fee must be made within ten days of receipt of notice. Appeals will be heard by a Hearing Officer designated by the City Manager.
For more information contact:
Phoenix Police Department, Code Enforcement Unit
1717 East Grant Street, Room #100, Phoenix, Arizona 85034 or call 602-262-7803.
Read the actual city code
Some factors which may determine a violation of the ordinance are:
- Loud music, Band or Disc Jockey
- Numerous vehicles causing traffic hazards or blocking driveways, streets and alleys
- Underage Drinking
- Making excessive noise
- Fights / public drunkenness
- Gun shots / fireworks
- Illegal drug use
- Squealing tires and speeding through neighborhood streets
For Juvenile violators the juvenile's parents will be responsible for all fees and violations.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT CODE ENFORCEMENT UNIT