Addressing Soundproofing Legislation – Order of Occupancy

Live music venues around the world are struggling these days. Many are facing closure due to noise complaints and an inability to provide funding for soundproofing. This issue, while in some cases is fair, is in other cases very unrealistic.

Here’s the problem. It’s a little thing called “Order of Occupancy.”

What it means is that if my live music venue exists in an area for 20+ years, and has made noise all of that time, you should not get to complain about my “standard operations” if you move in next door 20 years after I open. Yous hould have done your research and, as such, you give up your right to complain.

Why aren’t communities creating or enfording rules like this? Why are they letting new businesses crush the old?

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