Get the DetailsOur concerns & suggestion for change:
We need to provide a comfortable living situation for all downtown citizens and visitors, while allowing entertainment venues and the associated entertainment to provide for said citizens. Currently, the measurement technique is vague and allows for interpretation, as well as is very low for associated events/musicians. We ask that the changes be made to allow for everyone to enjoy their experience downtown as well as in their living establishment.
Update the current sound ordinance:
Decibel levels at the source, for live music in a licensed restaurant/event not to exceed 100 dB. Decibel levels at the source, for live music in a public place, without a proper event license (musicians in a park), no higher than 85 dB. Decibel measurements shall be taken at a receiving line no less than 60’ from the source, as the crow flies, for a licensed establishment shall not exceed 70 dB at the measuring source, and 65 dB for an unlicensed gathering"
Latest NewsFrom The Community of Huntsville, Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - “I think it’s definitely ridiculous, the ordinance is outdated and it should be revised,” said Tammara Buckey. She is one of the founding members of a Facebook movement called Keep Downtown Loud. The goal? To get the Huntsville noise ordinance changed. It all started when the band The Fatsos was cited by the city’s Department of Natural Resources for playing above 62 decibels during their performance at Humphrey’s Bar and Grill. The city was taking measurements after complaints from tenants of the recently opened Belk Hudson Lofts located across the street from Humphrey’s. "I don't want for downtown development or redevelopment to suffer because of what we think is an unusually low decibel level," said Matt Butler, a local musician. He was at the performance when the band was cited. Fatsos lead singer Rob Aldridge says he is thrilled that his original post about the incident has spurred so much support. “We just want to be able to play at a level where we can sound good and we don't have to worry about getting written any citations,” he said. Group members say the 62 decibel limit is ridiculous and needs to change so they are getting organized and plan to attend the May 23rd City Council meeting to voice their opinions. “We are going to approach the City Council respectfully and show them that if they want their goals of a vibrant and renewed downtown to happen this, is one thing that we think needs to happen in order for them to meet that goal,” said Butler.
Some residents of Belk Hudson Lofts make complaints of Noise from downtown.
"It was completely boring the audience wasn't enjoying it and we certainly weren't,” said Fatsos bass player Matt Ross. Boring is not the way members of the band generally like to describe their shows but the Huntsville’s noise ordinance put a serious cramp in their style Saturday night at Humphreys Bar and Grill. "It’s ridiculously low," said lead singer Rob Aldridge. His band was cited $500 dollars by the city’s Department of Natural Resources for playing louder than 62 decibels during their performance on the patio of Humphreys. Aldridge confirms that the band was asked to turn down their music by a city employee, and they complied. "Eventually it got to where we were a little above a whisper in the microphone and our drummer was using these little brushes and the audience had just had enough,” he said. So after multiple requests from the audience, they turned the amps up for their final number.