Chronic and daily exposure to excessive busker sound levels is impacting residents and workers throughout the city and over 700 incidents have been tracked in the past year alone. Impacted parties have documented specific examples of how the sound level is affecting their everyday lives and well-being. These individuals and businesses are seeking a thoughtful, enforceable and balanced approach to address the issue of excessive sound.

Click here to read David Julyan’s full testimony from the DC’s Council’s October 4 Committee of the Whole hearing on the Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018 and the Amplified Noise Amendment Emergency Amendment Act of 2018.

Washingtonians have regularly documented street performers exceeding sound levels of 100 decibels, for usually hours at a time. For comparison, 100 decibels is similar to the volume of:

  • Jet take-off
  • Motorcycles
  • Farm tractors
  • Jackhammers
  • Trash truck – crushing a load
  • Car alarm
  • Fire truck/ambulance/police sirens
  • Capital One Center (formerly Verizon) – Hockey game after goal scored
  • Nationals – after home run with a full house
  • Redskins – after touchdown – full house

Below are a few examples of how excessive volume from street performers impacts health care providers, businesses and DC residents.