KNOW YOUR LAWS: Loudspeakers and musical instruments

KNOW YOUR LAWS: Loudspeakers and musical instruments


(1) A person who, without reasonable excuse, proof of which lies on him or her—

(a) in any public place;

(b) in or in connection with any business, or other place to which the public is admitted;

(c) in any premises; or

(d) in any vehicle,

by operating or allowing to be operated any musical instrument, speaker or amplifier causes, or allows to be made any loud and continuous sound or noise, is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000 or to imprisonment for 6 months.

(2) A person who, without reasonable excuse, proof of which lies on him or her by setting off or causing to be set off any alarm, or other similar device, makes or causes to be made any loud and continuous noise to the annoyance of the person living in or within the neighborhood commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000.

(3) The provisions of subsection (2) shall not apply to any ambulance, fire engine, police vehicle used in the execution of a public duty.

(4) For purposes of subsections (1) and (2), it shall be lawful for a police officer to enter into such place or vehicle and to seize and carry away any musical instruments, appliances or equipment or alarm or other similar device and these shall be forfeited.

(5) No proceedings shall be taken against any person for any offence under this section in respect of premises used as a public dance hall where the prior permission of the Commissioner of Police for the use of any such instrument described in this section has been obtained but no such permission shall be granted in respect of any dance hall between the hours from 2:00 a.m. and noon of the same day.

 “We, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would like to encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power”.


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  1. I am so happy about this. As I write this I postponed a trip to my family just recently because i knew i would not have been at peace at our house for my vacation time due to a music playing rifraff who has being doing this for years. CHARGE THE GHETTO MENTALITY OUTTA THEM. MAYBE THEN THEY WILL BE FORCED TO CHANGE.


  2. Everyone everywhere has the right to live in peace. High noise levels 80 decibels and over is considered a nuisance . At that level it can affect your hearing in the long term. There are laws prohibiting this nuisance everywhere you go except in a war zone.


  3. This is ridiculous the fine price and the amount of time for imprisonment ... The country has bigger issues to deal with ... I'm not saying this is irrelevant but it can wait !! BTW half the law men don't know the law .tell me the code of that law in the law books .... Law men practice what you preachhh


    • You sir are a buffoon. I would call you an ape but fear insulting such an intelligent creature. Only ignorant and sub humans lacking consideration play music at high volumes. There is a law for that and if it was being enforced we would not have this problem. So go back to whatever primordial pond you dragged your flippers out of and leave humans to our basic humanity.


  4. Noise and loudness are relative unless you define them using some objective criteria such as the number of decibels (dB) of sound emitted by the loudspeaker, vehicle or premises when measured at a distance of one metre (1 m) from the origin (of the sound or noise) using a sound level meter.


  5. According to number 5,a dancehall is allowed to cause noise untill 2am,, so what can i do if my grandmother, my school aged children and my self are denied a good night sleep every night because this dance hall wants to make noise every night?
    Please , can someone help me?


    • Since the Police made no difference.
      My begging made no difference.
      I went to their Pastor.
      BLESS YOU PASTOR!!!!! - now every old & sick person in da hood, including their grandmother, can get a night of peace.


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