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|October 8, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting|
23. Approval to Amend Article B, Noise Control, of Chapter 2, Nuisances, of Part 9, Offenses of the Code of the City of Savannah to Identify Additional Restricted Uses, including but not limited to Fireworks
The proposed amendment to the City of Savannah's Noise Ordinance will prohibit fireworks that emit sounds in violation of the ‘Sound Limit by Receiving Use’ table outlined in Section 9-2034 of the City of Savannah's Noise Ordinance while complying with the requirements of Georgia State Code, Chapter 10: Regulation of Fireworks.
The City’s Noise Ordinance Task Force has been working to make recommendations to City Council to improve our current noise ordinance, which is no longer accomplishing its purpose of ensuring livable commercial and residential spaces with appropriate noise quality levels. The Task Force’s goal is to present City Council with a complete Noise Ordinance revision for consideration within the 4th quarter of 2020.
This amendment to the current noise ordinance is in response to many complaints from City residents regarding the increasing use of fireworks throughout Savannah neighborhoods. The amendment will allow City Enforcement Officer's the ability to appropriately prohibit the use of fireworks that violate the City’s noise ordinance outside of holiday’s and other state law restrictions discussed below.
HISTORY AND RESTRICTIONS
Fireworks sales were completely prohibited in Georgia until 2005. In 2015, firework uses were expanded to allow for the sales of all consumer fireworks. In 2018, Georgia State Code, "Chapter 10. Regulation of Fireworks" was amended to allow counties or municipalities to restrict firework usage as long as the following items are met:
Any person in violation of the proposed amendment, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to such penalties as are provided by law for other misdemeanors. Every violation shall be deemed a separate offense.
Joe Shearouse Jr., Acting Assistant to the City Manager
Exhibit 1: Ordinance - Noise Control Article B.pdf
Exhbit 1. Ordinance Amendment - Noise Control.pdf