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Measures against noise pollution in place

PHILIPSBURG: The Ministry of Tourism and Economic Affairs TEATT is addressing increasingly frequent complaints about noise nuisance from catering establishments i.e. bars, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, sports bars, etc., and vendors across the country.

A new licensing application process and a reformulated application for catering, entertainment businesses and vending is in place. The process to apply for additional permissions like extended opening hours and providing various forms of entertainment will factor noise pollution into the decision.

In instances where noise being generated at the “permit” location is determined to be a nuisance or in violation of permit conditions, the TEATT Inspectorate will enforcement steps in line with Section 3.3 of the Enforcement Policy, which are: 1st Violation: Verbal Warning, 2nd Violation: Documented Warning, 3rd Violation: Fine of up to NAF 5,000, 4th Violation: three-day suspension of the permit (business closure), 5th Violation: one-week suspension of the permit, and 6th Violation: Revocation of permission for music, live entertainment, and dancing where applicable.

Complaints about noise nuisance from entertainment businesses and other business-related violations should be submitted via teattcomplaints@sintmaartengov.org.



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