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Noise Management Plan Requirements

 

The City of Minneapolis would like your assistance in striking the balance between entertainment in our vibrant communities with our residents’ right to peace and quiet.  The following items are recommended by the City of Minneapolis to help you develop an effective noise management plan to protect your patrons, neighboring community, and business.   Not all questions may be applicable to your business operation.  All applicable items should be added into the Noise Management Plan of your Business Plan document for submittal with your license application. 

1.   Speakers
Describe how speakers be positioned to minimize, deflect or absorb excessive noise. 
List what time will music be turned down and what time speakers will be turned off.

2.   Closing Time

Describe how you plan to alter lights and music, end alcohol service, and inform customers in advance of closing time.
Describe how you plan to remind patrons to lower their voices to respect local residents when leaving your establishment and actions for dealing with unruly customers.
Describe how you plan to prevent loitering around your establishment and in the parking lot.

3.    Equipment
  
Describe any sound metering equipment and/or music systems with self regulators you have and how you intend to utilize them. 

4. Role of Staff 
Describe training and job expectations related to noise management for managers and/or supervisors and other staff including bartenders, hosts, and servers.     

5. Special Events
Describe noise management plans for special events held at your establishment or in the city. 

6.  Complaints 
Describe how you will address excessive noise complaints.    

Outdoor Areas
1.   Speakers
Describe how speakers be positioned to minimize, deflect or absorb excessive noise. 
Describe how low frequency music beats will be minimized.
List what time will music be turned down and what time speakers will be turned off.

2.  Capacity
List the capacity of your outdoor area.
Describe how you will manage the area to prevent over occupancy.

3. Seat Location
Describe how the seating design will minimize or deflect excessive noise.

4.   Closing Time
Describe how you plan to alter lights and music, end alcohol service, and inform customers in advance of closing time.
List what time you will seat your last patrons and what time patrons will be asked to leave.
Describe how you will encourage patrons to utilize parking facilities and taxicabs instead of parking in residential streets.

5.  Patron Noise
Describe plans for monitoring, controlling, relocating, and/or removing noisy patrons or unruly customers.

6.  Role of Staff
Describe management/ supervisory staff duties including frequency of security staff making rounds. 
Describe community outreach efforts such as attending neighborhood association meetings, downtown LINC meetings, etc.

7.  Complaints 
Describe how you will address excessive noise complaints, including having a phone number other than the establishment main phone number residents may call to discuss noise concerns.

8.  Architectural Design or Enhancements
Describe the use of sound blocking walls/fences and how you plan to direct noise toward unoccupied buildings.

Additional Resources
If you answer Yes to two or more of the following questions, send an email to EnvServicesInfo@minneapolismn.gov or call 612-673-3867 or for more information and resources about noise abatement solutions.   
1.  Do you plan to use an outdoor area? 
 Yes   No
2.  Is your seating capacity over 200 people? 
 Yes   No

3.  Will you have amplified sound?   Yes    No

4.  Are you located in a residential area?   Yes   No

5.  Is your mechanical equipment located within 100 feet of a residential area?   Yes   No

6.  Do you have an established routine maintenance schedule for mechanical equipment?   Yes   No

7.  Do patrons tend to all leave at closing time?   Yes   No

8.  Do customers park in residential areas?   Yes   No

9.  Have you received complaints about excessive noise?   Yes   No
10. Are you interested in learning more about noise management plans, sound engineers, sound meters, and/or products to help measure and regulate noise? 
 Yes   No 

 

 

Last updated Aug 22, 2017

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