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The following information is the appeal process for individuals or businesses who believe their City of Wilmington noise citation was wrongly issued. 

You have a right to appeal your noise citation within ten (10) calendar days of the issue date on your citation. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Chief of Police. 

You may submit your appeal form in person, by U.S. mail, or electronically via the City website (if mailing, it must be postmarked by the tenth (10th) calendar day following the date on the citation). Completely answer the questions below before submitting to the Office of the Chief. 

Things to Know Before You Appeal:

• All information must be included on the appeal form below or attached to the appeal form at the time it is submitted.
• Retain a copy of the documents you submit. Original documents will not be returned.
• Incomplete information or failure to submit the appeal form and supporting documentation within ten (10) calendar days of the date on the citation will forfeit your right to appeal. 
• The Chief of Police will issue his determination within ten (10) business days of receipt of the written appeal.

The Following are Not Valid Reasons for Appeal:
• Lack of knowledge of the City of Wilmington Noise Ordinance.
• Failure to obtain a permit when you should have reasonably known your activity would violate the noise ordinance.
• Performing an activity for which you obtained a permit, but exceeding your sound limits or time limits. 

 

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Citation #
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Date of Citation: 
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Charging Officer: 
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Name: 
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Phone number: 
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Address: 
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Email Address: 
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Date of appeal: 
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Reason for appeal: 
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I have read the appeal process pursuant to Section 6-37 of the Wilmington City Code and acknowledge the reasons for requesting this review are true and accurate.  
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Electronic signature and date: 
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Name and Title of Reviewing Official: 

Date of Review: 

Date Decision Mailed to Appellant: 

Disposition: Appeal Upheld __ Appeal Modified __ Appeal Denied __ (Payment due 30 days from mailing)

Basis for Determination: 
1. There was a noise disturbance. Yes __ No __

2. The citation was issued to a responsible person. Yes __ No __

List any modification(s) made and the basis for such modification(s). 

 



Signature of reviewing official: 

NEXT STEPS IF YOUR APPEAL HAS BEEN DENIED OR MODIFIED AND YOU WISH TO PAY YOUR FINE

• Pay the amount listed on your citation within thirty (30) days indicated above from the date decision mailed.

• Payments are made at the collections office located on the first floor at 305 Chestnut Street. 

 

NEXT STEPS IF YOUR APPEAL HAS BEEN DENIED AND YOU WISH TO FURTHER CONTEST

• You may request judicial review of a denial of your appeal.

• Requests for judicial review are made to New Hanover County Superior Court in the nature of certiorari.

***Please provide your email 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 this form click here: Noise Citation Appeal Form