***IMPORTANT NOTE RE: FALL 2020 and COVID19***
Current Orange County NC Orders prohibit social gatherings of more than 10ppl indoors and 25 ppl outdoors. Traditional parties simply cannot happen and comply with these orders and good public health practice. If you have a small gathering of close contacts who are also practicing physical distancing and mask wearing, please feel free to register. Keep in mind that this program only pertains to noise complaints. Calls to 911 for violations of COVID19 Gathering Orders will likely result in local law enforcement showing up without a warning.
Party, Police Free: A UNC Chapel Hill and Town of Chapel Hill Initiative
The Chapel Hill Party Registration Program is designed to allow student community members in single family housing neighborhoods and apartments in Chapel Hill to regulate their parties before Law Enforcement intervention, and to provide all community members an efficient mechanism to address loud parties. It is also designed to allow the Chapel Hill Police Department to better utilize the resources they have available at the patrol level.
How does party registration work?
For 1st Time Users*: Fill out the Party Registration form on-line (below) by Sunday at 5pm for the upcoming week (Mon-Sun), wait for a response from the program administrators, and schedule a time to meet with them (will take no more than 15 min and will be via Zoom for the Fall 2020 Semester).
*party registration renews every academic year, so you are considered a first time user the first time you register each year
For Repeat Users: Fill out the Party Registration form on-line (below) by Sunday at 5pm for the upcoming week (Mon-Sun), wait for a response from the program administrators.
On the registration form, provide us with two contact persons, two UNC emails, two cell phone numbers, and your local Chapel Hill address.
If a noise complaint on your house is received, Chapel Hill PD will call or text and give you a warning.
You will have 20 minutes to shut the party down and avoid the cops.
Why Register Your Party?
Unlike a citation for a noise violation, registration is FREE.
You don't want the cops to stop by - so limit your chance of that happening!
It gives you an opportunity to take responsibility (before the cops arrive).
If you don't register your party, the presumptive outcome of a noise complaint on your party is a citation. Chapel Hill Police will, in most circumstances, no longer give warnings to loud parties that have not been registered.
Want to know the fine print?
You can register parties for any night of the week (new for Fall 2020).
You MUST register by the Sunday at 5pm deadline each week. No exceptions.
You MUST live at the house being registered. You cannot register a friend's party.
Party Registration is for noise complaints only, and does not protect you or your guests against any other violations including State and Local COVID19 orders on gatherings, open containers, minor in possession, or public urination.
Parties in a common areas (e.g. pools, garages, parks, apartment courtyards) cannot be registered.
Residences that receive two consecutive warnings from Chapel Hll PD will lose party registration privileges for 90 days. Any location that receives a citation or is warned 2 or more times will be prohibited from registering a party for one calendar year from the date the citation was received.
Regardless of Party Registration, you are still responsible for obeying local laws. If the cops should show up at your unit, be respectful. Let them know you registered and be sure to shut your party down. If you ignore your warning, whether by phone or by the police, you are likely to get a ticket.
See the Town of Chapel Hill Party Registration SOP for more information.
P.S. Party Smart
Even if you register your party, you still need to follow common sense steps to make sure your party doesn't get out of hand. Visit Party Smart for tips on how to keep folks safe and your party out of trouble.