DC Nightlife Noise
What You Can Do
about nightclub noise in DC
Call ABRA (202) 442-4423 or e-complain
on ABRA webpage http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/abra-e-complaint-form
every time you hear club noise. Even
you do not want them to come into your home in the middle of the night
is an enforcement protocol we are trying to change), you can urge them
to go to
the offending club and order them to turn down the sound or shut the
doors. If you don't know the offending club (as in Dupont Club
Central), say so.
Call the police at 311 to report individual noise violators,
specific nightclubs, plastic bucket drummers. If 311 fails to
connect you to a responsible party, call 911 as a last resort.
Write to the Mayor, ABRA Director Moosally, Police Chief
and DCRA Director. Tell them how
the noise is affecting you, and demand that they enforce the law.
Their contact points are:
- ABRA Director Fred Moosally, 2000 14th Street, NW, S400,
Washington, DC 20009; (202) 442-4423; http://abra.dc.gov/
- Police Chief Cathy Lanier, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 5059,
Washington , DC 20001; (202) 727-9099 (for administration only);
- DCRA Director, 1100 4th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20024; (202) 442-4400 ; http://dcra.dc.gov
* Ward 1 Brianne Nadeau email@example.com
* Ward 2 Jack Evans
* Ward 3 Mary Cheh firstname.lastname@example.org
* Ward 4 Vacant @dccouncil.us 202/247-8052
* Ward 5 Kevin McDuffie email@example.com
* Ward 6 Charles Allen firstname.lastname@example.org 202/724-8072
* Ward 7 Yvette Alexander email@example.com
* Ward 8 Vacant @dccouncil.us 202/724-8045
* at-large Anita Bonds firstname.lastname@example.org
* at-large Elissa Silverman email@example.com 202/724-7772
* at-large Vincent Orange firstname.lastname@example.org
* at-large David
Grosso email@example.com 202/724-8105
* Chair Phil Mendelson firstname.lastname@example.org
the Mayor and mayoral candidates at public hearings on
their poor record, and demand action.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meetings and raise the issue of
poor enforcement of the
noise ordinance. ANCs already engaged in nightlife noise issues, and
most have an ABRA Committee:
Note: other ANCs with alcohol noise
issues are welcome to join this list.
letters to the editor of local
newspapers and magazines:
- Washington Post: email@example.com, or Letters
to the Editor, The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington DC
- Current newspapers (Dupont, Georgetown, Northwest,
articles and letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org
- InTowner monthly: email@example.com for news
and activities within the specific neighborhoods --Adams Morgan, Mt.
Pleasant, Columbia Heights; Dupont, Scott, Thomas & Logan Circles;
Mt. Vernon Square/Pennsylvania Quarter, Shaw, U Street. Groundrules
- Washington City Paper publishes
more freelance writers than anyplace else in town Groundrules.
and advocate in your neighborhood association:
Note: other asssociations with
alcohol noise issues are welcome to join this list.
Take your smart phone with a soundmeter app to the nightclub where
you hear music regularly and record the sound level in dB. Your phone
is not official but it is reasonably accurate from 50dB (conversation)
to about 80 dB (far too loud for near residences). Note your estimate
of how much louder the sound is than normal conversation. Use those
numbers in your complaints and letters to the authorities.
Tell your stories to local scene bloggers: Greater Greater
District Curmudgeon, 14th & You, In Shaw , Columbia Heights News , The Hill is Home , DCist , WeLoveDC , Note: blogs come and go
at the whim of the blogger.
us on your correspondence to city officials so that we can
keep track of your complaints.
let us know if you have had success dealing with business
owners. We will profile their
willingness to respond to your concerns!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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