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Downtown Noise Ordinance Open House
April 4 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The City of Round Rock has been working over the last several years to find balance between an active downtown with entertainment and quality of life for downtown residents.
Since April 2019, a new amendment to the City’s noise ordinance has imposed stricter standards to the Mixed Use 1 (MU-1) zoning district in downtown. The amendment required outdoor music venues within the district to apply for a permit and limit outdoor amplified sound to 80 decibels as measured at the property line of the business from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. At all other times, permit holders must limit outdoor amplified music to 60 decibels as measured at the property line of the business. Three citations under the amendment will result in the loss of the permit for a period of 12 months.
The City is considering revisions to the noise ordinance as it relates to regulations for outdoor music venues zoned MU-1. This is based on a desire that officers have heard from downtown businesses to be able to play music up to 80 decibels later into the evening during their regular business hours, as well as a request that the City consider a penalty period shorter than 12 months for outdoor music permit holders who have been found guilty of repeat violations of the ordinance.
An open house has been scheduled that will allow interested residents to learn more and discuss potential revisions with members of City Council, representatives from the City Manager’s Office and the Round Rock Police Department. This meeting is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 4 in the Dining Room at the Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Ave.