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Friday 19 October 2018

City buskers forced to pay €600 in fines for playing too loud

Under the bye-laws, the sound produced in the immediate vicinity of street performers must not exceed 80 decibels. Stock Image: Getty Images
Under the bye-laws, the sound produced in the immediate vicinity of street performers must not exceed 80 decibels. Stock Image: Getty Images

Nine street performers in Dublin were fined for breaching noise levels last year.

Dublin City Council revealed that €600 was raised from the penalties, according to information released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Only one case was appealed which the street performer won, according to the council.

None of the cases ended up going to court, as the fixed fine of €75 was paid by the performers who were in breach of the guidelines. No fines were imposed in 2016, because the bye-laws were under review.

Under the current guidelines, people are not allowed to perform in a public place without a permit issued by the council. Those using amplification must have an additional permit.

Obstruction

Licences cost €30 a year, and for visitors the fee is set at €10. Those wanting to use amps have to pay €60 a year.

Under the bye-laws, the sound produced in the immediate vicinity of street performers must not exceed 80 decibels.

Certain parts of Temple Bar have a prohibition in place in relation to performances, and where it is allowed the decibel level is set at a maximum of 75.

The bye-laws which banned backing tracks came into effect due to an increasing number of complaints, relating mainly to loud continuous noise, obstruction of premises and busking late at night.

The aim was to put an end to people having to listen to the same song over again.

"A performer who plays and sings must have a sufficient repertoire to play without repetition for at least 30 minutes," say the regulations.

Also under the rules, they must immediately stop performing if the crowd they have attracted is blocking a street.

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