Salt Lake City considers tightening law for loud parties

Salt Lake City considers tightening law for loud parties

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City may clamp down on residents who hold noisy parties.

Currently, police can cite a resident if officers are called to their home on a noise complaint more than once in a 10-day period. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank told the Deseret News that isn't solving the problem. He says repeat offenders often go unpunished because of delays after officers file their reports.

The Salt Lake City Council is looking at an ordinance that gives officers the power to issue a citation and a $300 fine on the first offense. They can add $250 for underage drinking.

If the residence is a rental, the property owner could be fined $100 after three offenses.

Burbank says dispatchers get about 5,000 calls on noisy parties just to the west side of the city each year.

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