The Wheaton City Council is considering instilling a new set of noise regulations, including a requirement for anyone holding a live outdoor musical performance (e.g., block parties) to apply for a sound amplification permit, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"This is based upon concerns and complaints we've had over the years from residents and business owners adjacent to businesses where they had live music," the paper quoted Jim Kozik, Wheaton’s director of planning and economic development, saying.
"It was previously a gray area not covered by any zoning ordinance or any city code provision. It was difficult for enforcement for the police department."
According to the paper, the permit would be free and schools, colleges and designated recreational facilities would be exempt, likely up to 11:00 p.m.; at least one restaurant manager, Jason Sandquist of Ivy, expressed concern about impacting last-minute live performance bookings.