MEDIA PRODUCTION ORDINANCE & INFORMATION

The City of Thomasville wants every film crew to operate according to the requirements set forth in the Media Production Ordinance, which can be viewed here.

All filming must operate within the boundaries of the local Sound Ordinance, which can be found below.

City of Thomasville Noise Ordinance - Section 11-11 Creation of loud or unnecessary noise prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, or cause to be made or continued, any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any other noise which either disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of other persons within the city. This prohibition shall include, but is not limited to, the playing of portable radios or recording playback devices and the playing of radios and recording playback devices in automobiles, trucks, and other motor vehicles, as set out more particularly in subsection (d).

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb, tend to disturb or aid in disturbing the peace of others, or endanger the comfort, repose, health, or safety of others by violent, offensive, or obstreperous conduct, and no person shall knowingly permit such conduct upon any premises owned or possessed by any person or under that person’s control.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to yell, shout, or sing on the public streets of the city, particularly between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or at any other time or place so as to disturb the quiet, comfort, repose, health, or peace of persons in any office, or in any dwelling, hotel, or other type of residence or other place of abode, or in any church or other place of worship, or of persons in the vicinity.

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to use, operate, or permit to be played, used or operated any radio or television receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph or other recording playback machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such a manner as to disturb the quiet, comfort, repose, health, or peace of the neighboring inhabitants or at any time with louder volume than is necessary for the convenient hearing of the person who is in the room, vehicle or immediate vicinity in which such machine or device is operated and who is a voluntary listener thereto.

(e) The city council delegates to the city manager the authority to permit outdoor functions and activities which are nontraditional, such as street dances, parking lot dances, and promotions, and similar activities and which might tend to produce high noise levels by way of amplified music or other sources. The intent of this subsection is to allow such activities under controlled conditions and where appropriate steps have been taken to reduce the likelihood of annoying or disturbing the peace and comfort of persons in the immediate vicinity of the proposed activity. This subsection is not intended to address or control traditional outdoor activities such as ballgames, picnics, church related, and civic gatherings. The decision of whether to permit an activity covered by this section shall be that of the city manager under such terms and conditions as he deems necessary to meet the intent of this section.

(Ord. of 7-1-88, § I; Ord. of 8-22-88(2), § I)