Party Safe

The intention of this flyer is to create awareness, not to prohibit parties. Be aware of your responsibilities as a party host and/or a party participant.

I. Noise Control Regulations Municipal Code, Dekalb, Illinois, Chapter 52
A. Day hours (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) noise level should equal no more than 60 decibels. (60db is equivalent to sounds of a business office).
B. Night hours (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) noise level should equal no more than 55decibels. The decibel measurements are taken on the property line of the complainant.
C. The use of a stationary electronic sound reinforcement and/or sound reproduction system, utilizing loud speakers, such that the sound radiates out-of-door shall be prohibited during the following hours:
1. 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
2. On Friday and Saturday evening the prohibition of such a sound system becomes effective at midnight.

Generally, the police department will give a warning to noise ordinance violators, unless the violation is of extraordinary circumstance, unless the violation is being repeated, or unless the complainant insists upon immediate action.

II. State law requires that a person MUST be 21 years of age to drink alcohol beverages.

III. Any person who urinates outside on public or private property is in violation of Municipal Code, Chapter 52, Section 52.85.

IV. Throwing trash on public property is in violation of Municipal Code, Chapter 43, Section 43.02.

V. Any person who carries an open container of alcoholic beverage on any street, alley, or other way publicly maintained is in violation of Municipal Code, Chapter 38.13-2.

VI. Any person who sells any alcoholic beverage (EX: charging for a cup, admission, or beer at a "party") without having a liquor license is in violation of Municipal Code, Chapter 38.02.

VII. Unlawful use of driver's license (EX: attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages using an altered driver's license or through the use of a driver's license not your own may result in the suspension of your driving privileges).

Helpful Tips
  • Tell your neighbors you are planning to have a party.
  • Keep your guests' cars from blocking driveways and off lawns.
  • Clean the litter from your neighbors' yards as well as your own.