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Town Ordinances

You may request a full copy of The Code of Ordinances of the Town of Narragansett by contacting the Narragansett Town Hall or visiting the web site here.

Noise Regulations

As stated in The Code of Ordinances of the Town of Narragansett, Rhode Island, entitled "Noise", Sec. 22-41. Statement of policy:

The council hereby finds and declares that:

  1. Excessive noise is a serious hazard to the public health, safety and welfare and the quality of life in a close urban society.
  2. A substantial body of science and technology exists by which excessive noise can be substantially abated without serious inconvenience to the public.
  3. Certain of the noise producing equipment in this community is essential to the quality of life and should be allowed to continue at reasonable levels with responsible regulation.
  4. Certain of the noise producing equipment in this community is essential to the quality of life and should be allowed to continue at reasonable levels with responsible regulation.
  5. It is the declared policy of the town to promote an environment free from excessive noise, otherwise properly called noise pollution, which unnecessarily jeopardizes the public health, safety and welfare and degrades the quality of the lives of the residents of this community, without unduly prohibiting, limiting or otherwise regulating the function of certain noise producing equipment which is not amenable to such controls and yet is essential to the quality of life in the community.

(Code 1986, § 9-10; Ch. 849, § 1, 7-7-2004)

As stated in Section 22-46. Noise Disturbances prohibited:

  1. No person shall make, continue or cause to be made or continued, except as permitted in this article, any noise or sound which constitutes a noise disturbance. In the absence of specific maximum noise levels, a noise level must exceed the ambient noise level by five dBA or more, when measured at the nearest property line or, in the case of a multifamily residential building, when measured anywhere in one dwelling unit with respect to a noise emanating from another dwelling unit or from common space in the same building, in order to constitute a noise disturbance.
  2. Any person, including a police officer, or a municipal zoning or building official, may be a complainant for the purposes of instituting action for any violation of this chapter. For any violation of this section, the receiving land use involved may include real property contiguous to, or bounding the real property containing the source of the sound which is the subject of the violation.

(Code 1986, § 9-15; Ch. 849, § 1, 7-7-2004)

As stated in Section 22-60. Penalty for violation of article:

  1. The penalty for violation of any section of this article shall be up to the maximum allowed by state law for municipalities to impose on ordinance violations as follows:

    1. The first offense shall be punished by the issuance of an order to cease and desist the violations and by a fine of up to $200.00 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days.
    2. The second offense within a six-month period shall be punished by the issuance of an order to cease and desist the violation and by a fine of not less than $350.00 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days.
    3. The third and all subsequent offenses shall be punished by the issuance of an order to cease and desist the violation and a fine of not less than $400.00 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days.
  2. Each noise disturbance shall be considered a separate offense.
  3. Notwithstanding the above, any violation of this chapter which occurs in an area zoned residential by the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Narragansett shall be subject to a minimal mandatory fine of $500.00.

(Code 1986, § 9-29; Ch. 849, § 1, 7-7-2004)

As stated in Chapter 46, Article II Unruly Gatherings:

Sec. 46-31. Public nuisance.
  1. It shall be a public nuisance to conduct a gathering of five or more persons on any private property in a manner which constitutes a substantial disturbance of the quiet enjoyment of private or public property in a significant segment of a neighborhood, as a result of conduct constituting a violation of law. Illustrative of such unlawful conduct is excessive noise or traffic, obstruction of public streets by crowds or vehicles, illegal parking, public drunkenness, public urination, the service of alcohol to minors, fights, disturbances of the peace, and litter.
  2. A gathering constituting a public nuisance may be abated by all reasonable means including, but not limited to, an order requiring the gathering to be disbanded and citation and/or arrest of any law violators under any applicable ordinances and state statutes.

(Ch. 856, § 1, 5-2-2005; Ch. 891, § 1, 9-4-2007)

Sec. 46-32. Notice of unruly gathering; posting, mailing.
  1. When the police department intervenes at a gathering which constitutes a nuisance under this article, the premises at which such nuisance occurred shall be posted with a notice stating that the intervention of the police has been necessitated as a result of a public nuisance under this article caused by an event at the premises, the date of the police intervention, and that any subsequent event within the period set forth below on the same premises, which necessitates police intervention, shall result in the joint and several liability of any guests causing the public nuisance, or any persons who own or are residents of the property at which the public nuisance occurred, or who sponsored the event constituting the public nuisance as more fully set forth below. Any notice posted between September 1 and May 31 of any year shall remain posted until May 31. Any notice posted between June 1 and August 31 of any year shall remain posted until August 31.
  2. The residents and owner of such property shall be jointly responsible for ensuring that such notice is not removed or defaced and it shall be a Code violation carrying a penalty of a minimum, mandatory $100.00 fine in addition to any other penalties which may be due under this section if such notice is removed, obscured or defaced, provided, however, that the residents of the premises or sponsor of the event, if present, shall be consulted as to the location in which such notice is posted in order to achieve both the security of the notice and its prominent display.

(Ch. 856, § 1, 5-2-2005; Ch. 891, § 1, 9-4-2007)

Sec. 46-35. Penalties for violation.

  1. It shall be a Code violation punishable as set forth herein when intervention at the same location to abate a gathering constituting a public nuisance occurs within any posting periods set forth in section 46-32(a) after the property was posted in accordance with section 46-11:

    1. It shall be a Code violation punishable as set forth herein when intervention at the same location to abate a gathering constituting a public nuisance occurs within any posting periods set forth in section 46-32(a) after the property was posted in accordance with section 46-11:
    2. For the second such intervention in a posting period the fine shall be a minimum mandatory $400.00;
    3. For any further such responses in a posting day period the fine shall be a minimum mandatory $500.00.
  2. In addition to the above, the municipal court shall be authorized to order the person or persons in violation to perform community service. For a first intervention ordering community service shall be discretionary. For a second or third intervention, the municipal court shall, in addition to the monetary penalty set forth above, order the person or persons in violation to perform not less than 25 hours of community service for a second intervention and not less than 50 hours of community service for a third intervention.

(Ch. 856, § 1, 5-2-2005; Ch. 891, § 1, 9-4-2007)

Procedure for the Nuisance House List

The Narragansett Police Department typically gives a courtesy warning if the police department responds to your residence for a noise disturbance or loud party. If they respond back to the same residence during the same night/day, the renters/owners are charged and issued a summons for Municipal Court. This policy is subject to officer discretion to include size of the party, renter/owner cooperation and frequency of call to the residence in the past.

Your residence will be placed on the Nuisance House List if any or all of the following occur:

  1. The renters/owners host a large party.
  2. The renters/owners are uncooperative when the police department responds to the residence for a noise disturbance/loud party.
  3. The police department has received repeated calls of noise/loud parties at the same residence.

After a residence has been placed on the Nuisance House List a notice of the intervention shall be posted on the residence. Any notice posted between September 1 and May 31 of any year shall remain posted until May 31. Any notice posted between June 1 and August 31 of any year shall remain posted until August 31. If the notice is removed or defaced during this period there shall be a minimum mandatory $100 fine for each occurrence.

Once placed on the list, if the police department responds to the residence during the posting period the renters/owners will be cited to Municipal Court. No courtesy warning will be given during the posting period. If the police department does not respond back to the residence, once the posting period has expired the residence will be taken off the Nuisance House List. If the police department does respond to the residence for a noise/party complaint during the posting period the renters/owners will be charged for each subsequent occurrence:

  1. First intervention minimum mandatory $300 fine.
  2. Second intervention minimum mandatory $400 fine.
  3. Third and subsequent intervention minimum mandatory $500 fine.

All residences placed on the Nuisance House List are subject to random noise meter checks without warning during their duration on the list. If a residence is found to be in violation the renters/owners will be cited to Municipal Court.

It is hoped that this procedure will decrease the frequency and size of disturbances in the Town of Narragansett.

Note: The Nuisance House List is public information and may be used by property owners and realtors to refuse housing to students on the list.
Narragansett Social Host Ordinance
Sec. 46-10. Unlawful possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage persons.
  1. No person who exercises control over private real property may knowingly allow any other person under the age of 21 years who is not a child or minor ward of the person to possess or consume alcoholic beverages on the property, or allow any other person under the age of 21 years who is not a child or minor ward of the person to remain on the property if the person under the age of 21 years possesses or consumes alcoholic beverages on the property. The prohibitions of this subsection apply only to a person who is present and in control of the location at the time the possession or consumption occurs. The prohibitions of this subsection do not apply to the owner of rental property, or the agent of an owner of rental property, unless the possession or consumption occurs in the individual unit in which the owner or agent resides or unless the possession or consumption occurs while the owner or agent is present on the property.
  2. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting a parent or legal guardian of a minor from giving a minor alcoholic beverages or permit a minor to consume it within the home of the parent or legal guardian of the minor or at other private places not in view of the public where the parent or legal guardian is present.

(Ch. 848, § 6-21-2004)

Permit to Possess Kegs Required

As stated in Section 46-11, Permit to Possess Kegs Required:

  1. Permit fee. The permit fee for each keg shall be $5.00.
  2. Limitations. All permits authorized under this section shall be subject to the following limitations:

    1. The permit is valid for possession of one keg containing up to 16 gallons. No person may possess more than one permit.
    2. No more than one keg may be possessed within any dwelling unit, lodging house, or rooming house located in a residentially zoned area within the Town of Narragansett. No resident shall possess or allow any other person to possess a keg contrary to this section.
    3. No application shall be approved without the applicant first providing written authorization from the owner of the premises where the applicant will be possessing the keg.
  3. Application for permit and permit sticker. Any person desiring to obtain a permit to possess a keg shall fill out an application at the office of the town clerk setting forth the applicant's full name, address and telephone number and the address within Narragansett, Rhode Island, where the applicant will be possessing the keg. In addition, the applicant will be required to provide proof of identity and age in the form of a valid Rhode Island driver's license or identification card, or valid driver's license from another jurisdiction. Falsifying any information requested on the permit application shall constitute a violation of this section. At the time of issuance of the permit, a permit sticker shall be issued to the applicant. The permit sticker shall be immediately and firmly affixed by the applicant to the keg utilizing the adhesive on the sticker and placing the sticker in a clearly visible location upon the purchase of the keg.
  4. Penalties. Any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed the maximum allowable in the Narragansett Municipal Court and/or imprisonment of not more than 30 days.

(Ch. 850, § 1, 7-7-2004)


State Laws

The Rhode Island State Laws are available here.

Alcohol Regulations

There are laws that deal with alcohol sales, purchase, and consumption. If one violates any of these laws, the result is a criminal penalty. The legal limit for Driving While Impaired is .02%, if you are under 21. For drivers over 21, the legal limit for driving has just changed to .08%. It is also illegal to sell or serve alcohol to, or purchase alcohol for anyone under the age of 21. If you provide a fake ID to someone under the age of 21 in order to purchase alcohol or gain admittance to a private club, your license may be suspended!

It is illegal to sell alcohol without a permit as well. This means that if you are thinking about charging money per person at your next party to offset the price of the alcohol, remember that it is illegal. If you do decide to have a party in which alcohol will be served, YOU will be responsible for the actions and the safety of your guests. YOU will also be held responsible by the Town of Narragansett and by the University of Rhode Island.

Liquor Law Violations

  • Misstatement of age (under 21) on licensed premises
  • Minor entering a liquor establishment to purchase alcoholic beverages
  • Possession of alcoholic beverage by a minor
  • Purchasing/procuring alcoholic beverages for a minor (FELONY)
  • Transportation of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle by any person under 21
Penalties for anyone over 21 Driving Under the Influence (DUI):
  • 1st Offense: License suspended for 3-6 months and/or fine of $200 to $500; 10 to 60 hours of community service; a course on driving while intoxicated and/or alcohol or drug treatment. Subsequent offenses have increasing penalties.
Penalties for anyone 18 to 21 Driving While Impaired (DWI)/(Blood Alcohol Content at least .02% but less then .10%):
  • 1st Offense: License suspended for 1-3 months, a fine of $250, 30 hours of community service, attendance at a course "Driving While Intoxicated" (District Court Judge's discretion); take part in an alcohol-drug treatment program (District Court Judge's discretion). Subsequent offenses have increasing penalties.
Penalties for refusal to submit to a chemical test:
  • OVER 21/1st OFFENSE: Same as those for DUI/DWI
  • UNDER 21/1st OFFENSE: Same as over 21 with a six-month license suspension
Transportation of Alcohol
  1. Any person who has not reached his or her twenty-first (21st) birthday and who operates a motor vehicle upon the public highways, except when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult who is over the age of twenty-one (21) years and related, whether by blood, adoption or marriage, to the operator within the following degree of sanguinity: brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, uncle, aunt, great uncle or great aunt and, knowingly having liquor or intoxicating beverages in any form in containers, opened or unopened, in any part of the vehicle shall be guilty of a criminal violation. The words liquor and intoxicating beverages, as used in this section, have the same meaning as defined in chapter 1 of this title. This section does not apply to persons between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-one (21) who are transporting unopened alcoholic beverages in the course of their employment.
  2. Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to the following:

    1. For a first offense, a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and have his or her license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for not more than thirty (30) days;
    2. For a second offense, a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500) and have his or her license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for not more than ninety (90) days;
    3. For a third or subsequent offense, a fine of no less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than nine hundred and fifty dollars ($950) and have his or her license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for one year.

State Law § 3-8-9

Schedule of Selected Statutes & Fines

Drinking in Public - Narragansett Ordinance Ch.13, Sec. 13-9

  1. $100 Fine
  2. $100-$200 Fine, and or 30 Hours of Community Service (CS)

Misstatement of Age - State Law 3-8-6

  1. $100 Fine, and or 30 Hours CS, and or 30 Days up to One Year Loss of Drivers License
  2. Not less than $500 Fine, and or 40 Hours CS, and Mandatory 90 Day Loss of Drivers License
  3. Not less than $750 Fine, and or 50 Hours CS, and Mandatory One Year Loss of Drivers License

Consuming Alcohol by Minor - State Law 3-8-6

  1. $100 Fine, and or 30 Hours CS, and or 30 Days up to One Year Loss of Drivers License
  2. Not less than $500 Fine, and or 40 Hours CS, and Mandatory 90 Day Loss of Drivers License
  3. Not less than $750 Fine, and or 50 Hours CS, and Mandatory One Year Loss of Drivers License

Possession of Alcohol by Minor - State Law 3-8-10

  1. $150-$750 Fine, 30 Hours CS and 60 Day Loss of Drivers License
  2. $300-$750 Fine, 30 Hours CS and 60 Day Loss of Drivers License, and or substance abuse assessment
  3. $450-$950 Fine, 30 Hours CS and 60 Day Loss of Drivers License, and or substance abuse assessment

Purchasing/Procuring Alcohol for Minor (FELONY) - State Law 3-8-11.1

  1. Up to 1 Year in Jail, and or Up to $1,000 Fine

Sale of Alcohol by Unlicensed Person - State Law 3-5-1

  1. $100-$500 Fine, and or 20 Hours CS
  2. $500 Fine, and or 30 Hours CS

Disturbing the Peace/Loud Parties - Narragansett Ordinance Ch.13, Sec.13-3

  1. Up to $500 Fine + $55 Court Costs (Per Renter)
  2. Up to $500 Fine + $55 Court Costs, and or 20 Hours CS
  3. Up to $500 Fine + $55 Court Costs, and or 30 Hours CS

Disorderly Conduct - State Law 11-45-1

  1. Up to 6 Months in Jail, and or Up to $500 Fine

Failure to Disperse - Narragansett Ordinance Ch.13, Sec.13-5

  1. Up to $500 Fine + $55 Court Costs
  2. Up to $500 Fine + $55 Court Costs, and or 20 Hours CS

Permit To Possess Kegs Required - Narragansett Ordinance Ch.47, Sec.47-2

  1. Up to $500 Fine + $55 Court Costs, and or not more than thirty (30) days in jail.

Noise Ordinance - Narragansett Ordinance Ch.22 Sec.22

  1. Up to $200 Fine + $55 Court Costs, or thirty (30) days in jail.
  2. Not less than $350 Fine + 55 Court Costs, or 30 days in jail.
  3. Not less than $350 Fine + 55 Court Costs, or 30 days in jail.

Any violation in an area zoned residential shall be subject to a minimal fine of $500. 60 dba Day. 50 dba Night (after 10 pm)

Eviction Notices

As stated in Section 34-18-36*. Eviction for noncompliance with rental agreement:

  1. Except as provided in this chapter, if there is a material noncompliance by the tenant with the rental agreement or a noncompliance with § 34-18-24 materially affecting health and safety, the landlord shall deliver a written demand notice to the tenant, in a form substantially similar to that provided in § 34-18-56(b), specifying:

    1. The acts and/or omissions constituting the breach of the rental agreement or of § 34-18-24;
    2. The acts, repairs, or payment of damages, which are necessary to remedy the breach; and
    3. That unless the breach is remedied within twenty (20) days of mailing of the notice the rental agreement shall terminate upon a specified date, which shall not be less than twenty-one (21) days after the mailing of the notice.
  2. Unless it is a violation of § 34-18-24(8), (9), or (10), if the tenant adequately remedies the breach before the date specified in the notice, the rental agreement shall not terminate. If the breach is not remedied, the landlord may commence an eviction action, which shall be filed no earlier than the first day following the termination date specified in the written demand notice. The action shall be initiated by filing a "Complaint for Eviction for Reason Other Than for Nonpayment of Rent" in the appropriate court according to the form in § 34-18-56(e).
  3. The summons shall be in the form provided in § 34-18-56(h) and shall specify that the tenant has twenty (20) days from the date of service in which to file his or her answer to the complaint, and that if he or she fails to file his or her answer within that time, he or she will be defaulted. The matter may be assigned for hearing in accordance with the rules of procedure of the appropriate court.
  4. Except as provided in this chapter, the landlord may recover possession, actual damages and obtain injunctive relief for noncompliance by the tenant with the rental agreement or § 34-18-24. If the tenant's noncompliance is willful, the landlord may recover reasonable attorney's fees.
  5. If substantially the same act or omission which constituted a prior noncompliance, of which good faith notice was given, recurs within six (6) months, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement upon at least twenty (20) days' written notice, specifying the breach and the date of termination of the rental agreement. No allowance of time to remedy noncompliance shall be required.
  6. If the tenant has violated § 34-18-24(8), (9), or (10), or if the tenant (i) is a seasonal tenant occupying the premises pursuant to a written lease agreement which commences no earlier than May 1st of the occupation year and expires no later than October 15th of the occupation year, or commences no earlier than September 1st and expires no later than June 1st of the next subsequent year, with no right of renewal or extension beyond the above dates; and (ii) has been charged with violating a municipal ordinance or has otherwise violated the terms of the rental agreement pertaining to legal occupancy or excessive noise or other disturbance of the peace, the landlord shall not be required to send a notice of noncompliance to the tenant and may immediately file a complaint for eviction in a form substantially similar to that provided in § 34-18-56(e) and seek the relief set forth in subsection (d).