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Section 6-34 of the Wilmington City Code provides that a noise permit shall be obtained in advance of any activity where the sound level to be produced will exceed or should be reasonably expected to exceed the sound level limits or time limits set out in Section 6-33 of the Wilmington City Code on any adjoining or neighboring property. Application for said permit shall be submitted to the Wilmington Police Department at the address above at least five (5) business days prior to the planned use. Permits may not grant exceptions for more than ten (10) dB above the maximum sound levels below on any adjoining or neighboring property, or for more than one (1) hour earlier or later than specified below, without approval from the City Manager. 

MAXIMUM SOUND LEVEL 
 (Downtown)
 7:00 a.m. to Midnight  75 dB(A)  Midnight to 7:00 a.m.   65 dB(A)
(Residential)
 7:00 a.m. to Midnight  65 dB(A)  Midnight to 7:00 a.m.   55 dB(A)
(Commercial/Industrial)
 7:00 a.m. to Midnight  75 dB(A)  Midnight to 7:00 a.m.  70 dB(A)

Up to thirty (30) events of the same nature, at the same location, hosted by the same person or entity, may be covered by the same permit, provided they will all occur within one (1) year of the first event. 

 

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Application date: 
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Date received by staff: 
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Name of Individual or Business Applying for Permit:
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Name of Responsible Person Completing Application: 
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Physical Address Where Permit Will Apply:
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Mailing Address of Responsible Person/Applicant: 
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Telephone Number of Reporting Person/Applicant: 
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Email Address of Reporting Person/Applicant: 
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**If the Responsible Person/Applicant will not be present at the location on the date(s) supplied in this application, you must provide a name and phone number for an alternate responsible person who will be present during the event(s): 
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Complete Description of Activity and Sponsoring Organization (i.e., if event includes music, amplification, estimated number of attendees, open air or enclosed structure, doors open or closed): 
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Which of the following are you requesting? Please provide dB and/or time. 

Decibels should be no more than 10 dB of zoning limit without City Manager approval. Increase in time limit should be no more than 1 hour earlier or 1 hour later without City Manager approval. 
Which of the following are you requesting? Please provide dB and/or time. Decibels should be no more than 10 dB of zoning limit without City Manager approval. Increase in time limit should be no more than 1 hour earlier or 1 hour later without City Manager approval.
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Date(s) of activity: 
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Beginning time/ Ending time:  
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Beginning time/ Ending time:
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Zoning of Location for the Activity:
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Is the location of the activity in or directly adjoining a residential area?   
Is the location of the activity in or directly adjoining a residential area?
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Is the location of the activity in a multi-family or mixed-used structure? 
Is the location of the activity in a multi-family or mixed-used structure?
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Are you (the applicant) and person responsible on the date of the activity (if different from the applicant) familiar with the Noise Control provisions and requirements of Wilmington City Code?     
Are you (the applicant) and person responsible on the date of the activity (if different from the applicant) familiar with the Noise Control provisions and requirements of Wilmington City Code?
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Have you (RP or APP) or the owner of the location where the permit will apply, received a verbal or written warning or citation for violation of the City of Wilmington Noise Ordinance within the past twelve (12) months? If yes, please provide the date and details of such warnings or citations. 
Have you (RP or APP) or the owner of the location where the permit will apply, received a verbal or written warning or citation for violation of the City of Wilmington Noise Ordinance within the past twelve (12) months? If yes, please provide the date and details of such warnings or citations.
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I ______________________________, the above-named Applicant, hereby certify that this application for a noise permit as set out in Section 6-34 of the Wilmington City Code is complete, true, and correct. I also understand and agree to all terms, conditions, and restrictions imposed on any permit issued pursuant to the provisions of Article II of the Wilmington City Code. 

 Please provide an electronic signature and date here: 

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For WPD Personnel (or City Manager) to complete: 

Name: 

The following factors were determined to exists at the time of this review: 

The use and activities are permitted by the zoning regulations in the requested area;     

The request is consistent with the intensity of sound levels regularly produced by activities and devices in the requested area;       

The time at which the sound amplification will occur is reasonable based on the nature and location of the sound;     

The duration of the requested amplification is not excessive based on the nature and location of the sound; 

The request is not excessive given the proximity of the requested activity to commercial buildings and residential dwellings, and the density of the surrounding commercial and residential areas;     

There is a history of verified complaints generated by previous activities in the area that are similar in nature and context to this activity;       

There is a history of noise complaints against the applicant or the property from adjoining or neighboring properties;       

The nature of the sounds produced by such devices and activities requested are reasonable in this situation;       

The application was completed properly and completely; and     

The request meets the definition of a necessary activity, as defined in Sec. 6-29 of the Wilmington City Code. 

Date Reviewed: _________________           Permit is:        Granted         Denied:  
 
The following terms are approved (Check all that apply and indicate dB level and time limits approved): 
 
      Increase in decibel level to ________ dB (no more than 10 dB of zoning limit without City Mgr approval). 
 
      Increase in time limit to _____________ a.m. (no more than 1 hour earlier without City Mgr approval). 
 
      Increase in time limit to _____________ p.m. (no more than 1 hour later without City Mgr approval).  
 
Date(s) of Activity: _____________________ 
Begin Time: _____________ End Time: ____________ 

Zoning of Sound Location:               Downtown/CBD           Residential          Commercial/Industrial 

Additional Reasons for Approval, Denial, or Modification: _________________________________________________ 
 
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Signature of WPD Personnel (or City Manager, if required): ____________________________________

 (Applicants may appeal a denied permit application by filling out the form found here and promptly submitting to the City Manager’s Office).  
 
***If granted, please have a copy of this permit with your attached application available for inspection during the date(s) and time(s) of any permitted event.*** 

***Please provide your email address below to receive a copy of your submission. If you do not, you will not receive a copy of your application.***

  1. To receive a copy of your submission, please fill out your email address below and submit.

    For a downloadable version of the form, click here: Noise Permit Application and Permit