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Question: I’ve seen neighborhood dance parties promoted on social media which charge admission fees to the kids.  Are Euclid residents allowed to have a children’s dance party in their homes and charge admission? 

Answer: from Lt. Mitch Houser, Community Policing Unit 

Yes, but there are rules that must be followed and fees paid.  A homeowner wishing to hold a paid-admission dance or ball at their private residence must consider the following: 

  1. You may not hold a public dance or public ball in Euclid without having obtained a permit from the Mayor.  A permit application must be filed at least thirty days in advance.

  2. A “Public Dance” and “Public Ball” as any dance or ball where admission can be had by (1) payment of a fee or (2) by the purchase, possession or presentation of a ticket or token or (3) to which the public generally may gain admission with or without the payment of a fee.  If admission is charged, the City’s admittance tax must be paid.

  3. All public dances and public balls shall end no later than 1:00 a.m 

  4. Between the following hours, any music and noise that can be distinctly heard at a distance of more than 100 feet from its source shall be deemed excessive and illegal:

         11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. when the morning hours are Monday-Friday

         11:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. when the morning hours are on a Saturday

         11:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m. when the morning hours are on a Sunday                                

     5.  Curfew for minors is as follows:

          Under 12 years:  9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.

          12-15 years old:  10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.

          16-17 years old:  11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. 

It is my opinion that anyone wishing to hold a paid-admission event should rent a professional, properly licensed, party center to avoid potential problems and liability. 

If you would like to submit a question to Ask an Officer, contact Community Policing at the Euclid Police Department:  email or call 216-289-8449.                                 

Kate McLaughlin

I am the Community Policing Specialist at the Euclid Police Department.

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