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San Luis Obispo approves citywide party registration program

Posted at 11:12 AM, Oct 17, 2018

The San Luis Obispo City Council approved a permanent voluntary party registration program at a meeting Tuesday night.

The program will allow people to register parties in advance to help mitigate police response to noise complaints from neighbors.

Under the program, residents register their event with the police department at least one week in advance of a planned party. To register an event, a host must be at least 18-years-old and provide a photo ID.

If a party is registered and a neighbor files a noise complaint, the dispatch center will call the party host about the complaint before a police officer is sent to the location. City officials said the warning can help hosts avoid potentially costly fines and reduce multiple complaint calls to dispatchers.

The program has been in effect since May 2017 as a pilot program but was made permanent Tuesday. Ninety-nine applications were submitted during the pilot period. Of the approved parties, eight warning calls were made and only one citation was given.

City officials said most of the registered events were from applicants between 18 and 24 years old but they also received applications for wedding parties, birthdays and dinner parties.

For information about the program and how to register events, click here.