City Council Approves Citywide Party Registration Program
City expands program after pilot a success
Post Date: 10/17/2018 10:00 AM
The City Council approved making the pilot Voluntary Party Registration program permanent. The program allows party hosts to register events in advance, encouraging responsible management of parties and enhancing neighborhood wellness.
Under the program, residents voluntarily register their event with the police department at least one week in advance of the planned party. A photo ID is required, and hosts must be at least 18 years old.
If a neighbor files a noise complaint, the dispatch center calls the registered party host informing them of the complaint. The registered party then has 20 minutes to end the noise and avoid a visit from police. That warning can help hosts avoid potentially costly fines and reduce subsequent complaints.
If the registrant fails to end the noise within 20 minutes and a second complaint is made, police will be dispatched, and a citation will be issued upon verification of the noise. Those who do not register their party will not receive a warning before police are dispatched and citations are potentially issued.
The pilot program launched in May 2017 and 99 applications were submitted from May 2017 to September 2018. Some applications were denied due to properties already being on the “no warning” list, and others due to late submissions. Of the 76 approved parties, eight warning calls were made, and only one citation was given.
While the majority of events registered were from applicants between the ages of 18 and 24, registrations have also been received for wedding receptions, birthday parties and dinner parties. The Police Department’s Neighborhood Outreach Program worked with representatives from both Cal Poly and Cuesta College to get the word out to students.
More information about the program can be found here. Online registration will be available soon.
CONTACT: Christine Wallace, Neighborhood Outreach Manager
email@example.com, (805) 781-7186