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Don’t let loud parties ruin your evening

If you’re worried that some of your neighbors might have loud holiday parties this year that go on into the wee hours and disrupt your sleep, fear not: the city of Phoenix has your back.

The city of Phoenix has an ordinance related to “threats to the public peace” which includes loud parties. Sometimes these parties can lead to not only excessive noise, but also obstruction of public streets (too many parked cars), public drunkenness, underage drinking, fights, and littering.

There are no “allowable” times during the day or night for any event that is considered a threat to the peace, health, safety and general welfare of the public. So if you want to call at 9 p.m., you surely can. However, you should be aware that these types of call are generally ranked lowest in priority (unless you are reporting gunshots with them). So it may take a bit for a police officer to respond. The officer has the option to give the party hosts a warning, or to immediately assess them a “police response service fee” of up to $1,000. The fee includes the salaries of the police officers who responded, based on time spent at the event, and may include any damage to city equipment.

For juvenile violators, the juvenile’s parents will be responsible for all fees and violations.

To report a loud party, illegal fireworks, numerous vehicles causing traffic hazards or blocking driveways, underage drinking, etc., call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151.

The fireworks law that went into effect in April this year now regulates when you can sell, purchase and use fireworks in our state. The penalty for selling, buying or using fireworks outside the permissible dates results in a civil fine of $1,000. To see a list of permissible fireworks for New Year’s Eve, visit, and select “Fireworks” under the Permits Required section.

Use of fireworks on preservation land owned by the city of Phoenix is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable with a $1,000 fine.

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  1. Jill KhollmanDecember 2019 at 10:14 amReply

    Please tell me what to do. I have called the PHX PD on several occasions regarding loud music coming from my neighbors house. They play the music outside and unfortunately for me, it is right next to my bedroom. I have not only called the police, but I have also tried to ask the neighbors themselves to stop. The music and parties may start at 5 or 6pm and always goes until PD shows up, usually about 3am. I would love to be able to press charges and see this go further than just the Police telling them to stop. I know the Police have more urgent matters to attend to, but when I am just trying to hear my television, or, really is driving me over the edge.

    • Kimberly SomoJanuary 2020 at 2:25 pmReply

      Did you ever get a reply to comment? I have neighbors that have gone from a part once a month to a party every Sunday night. They start at about 9:30 PM and when I go to work the next morning they are still at it. Now they are throwing an occasional Wednesday night into their plans.
      I have called the police. One night I called the police 4 times, they finally showed up at 9am.

    • Your Noisy NeighborJanuary 2020 at 2:03 amReply

      Write a community concern letter from the neighborhood and have them all sign it. Mail letter without return addrrss. If the loud neighbors ignore the neighborhood letter, there is a noise ordinance law in each city look it up and file a police report and request charges. Take video with time indicated from an angle not from your house. File the neighborhood letter and video with the police report and demand charges at the station.

  2. Sophia XuFebruary 2020 at 1:21 amReply

    Whenever my neighbors party, I suffer. They play very loud music on their backyard usually from 6pm to 2-3am, and unfortunately It is next to my bedroom. Tonight I called PHX PD 4 times, dispatchers told me they went out and told them to turn it down. They didn’t? We will send police out again. One dispatcher even told me there was no law in Phoenix against loud parties. ….They are having a birthday party, they should turn it down soon……That was almost 1am.
    I believe there is ordinance against loud noise, I wonder why PHX PD seems to hesitate to enforce it. I feel so helpless.

    • Steve's MomApril 2020 at 7:40 pmReply

      There was a hiring freeze, so there are not enough officers to respond. Although the freeze has been lifted, there are still not enough officers to respond to what they consider to be things low on the totem pole. You would think, given the governor’s stay in place order and this Covid 19 going around, people would stay home. Nope. Selfish enough to throw a party and disturb the neighbors, they’re not thinking of spreading any illness.

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