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Salem considers new outdoor entertainment licenses

May 14,2017 21:19

The entertainment license would cover all forms of entertainment, from televisions, audio equipment and live music. Outdoor entertainment, including live music, would be limited to the hours of 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. "unless otherwise allowed or restricted ...


SALEM — The city's legal department is putting together a fresh set of regulations for entertainment licenses that includes guidelines for outdoor music or speakers.
The Licensing Board is due to take up a draft version of an entertainment license application and governing regulations at a meeting later this month or in early June, according to City Solicitor Beth Rennard.
The regulation review was prompted in part by a request from Brodie's Seaport on Derby Street to offer outdoor music. 
"We had a petition from Brodie's Seaport to have outdoor music. I believe they were contacted by some of the neighbors, who weren't pleased with that," Rennard said. "So they withdrew that application and asked to put outdoor speakers up so they could have outdoor music."
Before now, nothing was in place to specifically regulate outdoor speakers or music at restaurants and bars. 
The entertainment license would cover all forms of entertainment, from televisions, audio equipment and live music. Outdoor entertainment, including live music, would be limited to the hours of 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. "unless otherwise allowed or restricted by the Licensing Board," the draft regulations read.
Annual licenses can be issued covering all days of the week, but a separate, additional license is needed for entertainment on Sundays outside of a radio or television, according to the draft regulations. The business requesting the license pays $100 once the license is issued, and it's good for the calendar year.
Last year, city leaders instituted a new policy for street performers, which implemented zones and decibel levels, Rennard said.
"This," she said, "is sort of an extension of that."
The Licensing Board generally meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m., in a third-floor conference room at City Hall Annex, 120 Washington St.
Contact Salem reporter Dustin Luca at 978-338-2523 or DLuca@salemnews.com. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/dustinluca or on Twitter @DustinLucaSN.
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