SEC. 115.01.  PURPOSE.
    The Council enacts this legislation for the sole purpose of securing and promoting the public health, comfort, safety, and welfare of its citizenry.  While recognizing that certain uses of sound amplifying equipment are protected by the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and assembly, the Council nevertheless feels obligated to reasonably regulate the use of sound amplifying equipment in order to protect the correlative constitutional rights of the citizens of this community to privacy and freedom from the public nuisance of loud and unnecessary noise.

    It shall be unlawful for any person, other than personnel of law enforcement or governmental agencies, or permittees duly authorized to use the same pursuant to Sec. 103.111 of this Code, to install, use, or operate within the City a loudspeaker or sound amplifying equipment in a fixed or movable position or mounted upon any sound truck for the purpose of giving instructions, directions, talks, addresses, lectures, or transmitting music to any persons or assemblages of persons in or upon any public street, alley, sidewalk, park, or place, or other public property except when installed, used or operated in compliance with the following provisions:

(a)  In all residential zones and within 500 feet thereof, no sound amplifying equipment shall be installed, operated or used for commercial purposes at any time.

(b)  The operation or use of sound amplifying equipment for noncommercial purposes in all residential zones and within 300 feet thereof, except when used for regularly scheduled operative functions by any school or for the usual and customary purposes of any church, is prohibited between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. of the following day.

(c)  In all zones, except such portions thereof as may be included within 500 feet of any residential zone, the operation or use of sound amplifying equipment for commercial purposes is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of the following day.

(d)  In all other zones, except such portions thereof as may be included within 500 feet of any residential zone, the operation of use of sound amplifying equipment for noncommercial purposes is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of the following day.

(e)  The only sounds permitted shall be either music, human speech, or both.

(f)  Sound emanating from sound amplifying equipment shall be limited in volume, tone and intensity as follows:

1.  The sound shall not be audible at a distance in excess of 200 feet from the sound equipment.


Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter and in addition thereto, it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully make or continue, or cause to be made or continued, any loud, unnecessary, and unusual noise which disturbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or which causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person of normal sensitiveness residing in the area.  The standard which may be considered in determining whether a violation of the provisions of this section exists may include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a)  The level of noise;

(b)  Whether the nature of the noise is usual or unusual;

(c)  Whether the origin of the noise is natural or unnatural;

(d)  The level and intensity of the background noise, if any;

(e)  The proximity of the noise to residential sleeping facilities;

(f)  The nature and zoning of the area within which the noise emanates;

(g)  The density of the inhabitation of the area within which the noise emanates;

(h)  The time of the day and night the noise occurs;

(i)  The duration of the noise;

(j)  Whether the noise is produced by a commercial or noncommercial activity.


55.07 Los Angeles Municipal Code, Demonstration Equipment Prohibited.

Sub (a)

  • No Person shall carry or possess,
  • While participating in any demonstration, rally, picket line, or public assembly,
  • Any length of lumber, wood, or wood lath,
  • Unless that object is one-fourth inch or less in thickness and two inches or less in width,
  • Or if not generally rectangular in shape, such object shall not exceed three-quarters inch in its thickest dimension.


Note:           Heavy staffs for carrying placards during street demonstrations have been used as weapons, and have injured officers dutifully enforcing laws relating to public assemblies.  The above ordinance is directed toward preserving the safety of officers, the general public, and persons taking part in demonstrations.

57.10.31 Los Angeles Municipal Code, Obstruction of Aisles and Passageways.

  • No person shall willfully,
  • Block, Impede or obstruct,
  • Any Aisle, passageway, hallway, lobby, foyer or stairways,
  • Leading to or from any entrance or exist required by law within any office building, public building, place of business, hotel or other structure,
  • With the intent to prevent, delay, hinder or interfere with the free use of such passageway,
  • By any other person who is within, entering, occupying or leaving said premises.


A.  No person shall block, impede, or obstruct any exit to a public way or any access to a building, structure or premises, in such a manner as to prevent or interfere with the use of such exists or access by any person who is exiting or entering said occupied building, structure, or premises.

B.  In every building other than single family dwellings, there shall be maintained at all times.   One unobstructed aisle which leads to each required exit.  Each required aisle shall have a width equal to the minimum required in other sections of this article or when not specified the minimum width shall be 44 inches.

C.  An exit walkway with a minimum width of 44 inches shall be maintained continuously to a public way.

D. Whenever the Chief determines that exit paths to a public way need to be clearly delineated to safeguard and preserve the exist paths, he Chief may require the exit paths to be protected and identified by painted lines, railings, barrier posts, walks or other approved means.

E.  No person shall park any vehicle, or place any power truck, hand dolly, delivery rack, refuse or waste container, or any other object in an exit, or in any other manner so as to obstruct the exit.

F.  No person shall store or maintain any hazardous material, or other material of any kind, adjacent to any exit in a manner which would obstruct the exit or elevator, or render egress hazardous in case of fire or any other emergency.

G.  Any person who violates this section shall be punishable by at least a mandatory minimum fine of $100.00 up to and not exceeding $1,000.00 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period of not more than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.  Each person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, during which a violation of any provision of this section is committed, continued, or permitted by such person and shall be punishable accordingly.