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Record #: SO2019-4122   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 6/12/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action: 11/20/2019
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 8-32-060, 8-32-065 and 8-32-120 by designating and regulating noise sensitive zones for specified streets and areas
Sponsors: Hopkins, Brian
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 8 - Offenses Affecting Public Peace, Morals & Welfare - Ch. 32 Noise and Vibration Control
Attachments: 1. SO2019-4122.pdf, 2. O2019-4122.pdf
substitute ordinance"
(As Amended)

WHEREAS, Chicago is home to some of the best hospitals in the United States, and patient care and successful health outcomes rely on a peaceful place to rest and rehabilitate, and excessive noise puts patients and health administrators alike at risk of unsuccessful health outcomes; and

WHEREAS, Section 8-32-060 ofthe Municipal Code ofChicago authorizes the Superintendent of Police to recommend areas where noise sensitive activities take place to be designated as "noise sensitive zones" that can be authorized as such by the Chicago City Council; and

WHEREAS, In addition to hospitals, these noise sensitive areas also include schools, public libraries, churches, and nursing homes; and

WHEREAS, It is essential to the health and welfare of the residents of Chicago that these sensitive areas be protected from excessive noise; now, therefore,


SECTION 1. The foregoing recitals are hereby incorporated as the findings of the City Council ofthe City ofChicago, and are incorporated herein.

SECTION 2. Section 8-32-060 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by deleting the language struck-through and inserting the language underscored, as follows:

8-32-060 Designation of noise sensitive zones.

The superintendent of police is authorized to prepare recommendations to be approved by the city council for the designation of noi6e sensitive zones which contain noise sensitive activities. An area shall be designated a noise sensitive zone following passage of an ordinance amending Section 8-32-065 that includes a finding, developed in consultation with the Department of Police and Department of Public Health, that such zone is an area where noise sensitive activities take place. Existing quiet zones shall be considered noise sensitive zones until otherwise designated. Noise sensitive activities include, but are not limited to, operations of schools, libraries open to...

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