Application for Loud Speaker Use

Approval is subject to the following regulations in accordance with Section 19-6 of the City Code:

  • A permit is required for the use of public address systems and other sound amplifiers outside of buildings or upon sound trucks, which shall generally be allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m, and only for charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes. Please note: Vehicles with sound systems may not operate within 300 feet of a hospital or 300 feet of a school during school hours.
  • Such permits are generally limited to not more than two hours in any one-half day, unless otherwise approved by the Public Safety Services Director.
  • The Public Safety Services Director and the City Manager are responsible for approval of the Application. (Section 19-6 of the Ordinance Code). There is no fee involved.
  • The Applicant must submit the application (form below) a minimum of 14 days prior to the date of the event.

For more information, contact the City Manager's office at 616-355-1310.

Application For Temporary Use of Loud Speaker or Sound Amplifying Device

  1. 1. Applicant Information
  2. 2. Conditions of Approval

    This permit is subject to the conditions of approval as stated above and the conditions as set forth in the City Ordinance, Section 19-6 Noises: 

    Permit must be approved by the Chief of Police and the City Manager. 

    Permit will be issued only for matters of charitable, community, educational, or religious purposes being held outside of buildings. 

    Permit will not be issued for more than two (2) hours in any one-half day or permitted after 9:00 p.m. unless approved by the Chief of Police.

    Vehicles with sound systems may not operate within 300 feet of a hospital or 300 feet of a school during school hours.

    Sound equipment must be regulated so that it may be heard on the street, but will not create a nuisance.

    Applicant must submit the Application a minimum of 14 days prior to the date of the event.

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