Current Status Bill Number:
3233Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950111Primary Sponsor: J. BrownAll Sponsors: J. Brown, Inabinett, Shissias, Neal and ScottDrafted Document Number: BR1\18006AC.95Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 25 HJSubject: Amplification system, noise level
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19950111 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-7-190 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE EMANATION OF EXCESSIVE SOUND OR NOISE BY USE OF A SOUND AMPLIFICATION SYSTEM, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-7-190. (A) It is unlawful to operate or permit the operation of a sound amplification system which emanates unreasonably loud or excessive sound or noise which is likely to cause inconvenience or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities, when the sound or noise emanating from the sound amplification system is audible at a distance of greater than thirty feet and the sound amplification system is located in or on:
(1) public property including a public street, highway, building, sidewalk, park, or thoroughfare;
(2) a motor vehicle on a public street, highway, or public space; or
(3) private property in a predominately residential area regardless of existing nonconforming use or variance.
(B) This section does not apply to:
(1) the use of a horn, alarm, or other warning device which has as its purpose the signaling of unsafe or dangerous situations or to summon the assistance of law enforcement when used for that purpose;
(2) a person who has a valid permit, certificate, or license authorizing activity which is likely to produce loud or excessive sound or noise.
(C) A person who violates subsection (A), upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.