Section Economic Control takes action against noise nuisance. Revocation of licenses for those who don’t comply

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Section Economic Control Inspection Service of the Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and

Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), has carried out a number of controls of business establishments such as bars in various neighborhoods regarding the level of music.

Businesses have been advised that they must comply with the regulations and laws as stipulated in their licenses and permits. 

Those who do not comply, the department will be forced to issue fines and warnings with the final measure being the revoking of licenses and permits by the Minster of TEATT.

The law allows for businesses to have music up to a maximum decibel level.  A decibel is a unit of measurement that indicates how loud a sound is. 

Humans can hear sounds between 0 and 140 decibels. Zero decibels does not mean that there is no sound, merely that we cannot hear it.  Zero decibel is the so-called hearing threshold for the human ear.

One can hear more than 140 decibels, but it is too painful for the ears and if you expose yourself to such a loud noise, you are at extremely high risk of permanent damage to your hearing.  

Section Economic Control has received a number of complaints especially in built up areas, and is addressing these with the establishments by suggesting to them how to mitigate the sound issues, and for them to abide by what is stated in their permits.

Section Economic Control will continue to carry out regular controls of establishments with respect to noise nuisance. 

Section Economic Control is located at Cannegieter Street #23 downstairs, next to Sister Borgia School in Philipsburg. 

Any businesses requiring information can call 542-5641 or 542-4509 during office hours for any queries that you may have. The department may also be contacted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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+1 #2 Hmmm 2017-04-26 12:25
Thanks God!

Also you should be looking into these hags that are burning trash whenever and for as long as in residential areas around Dutch Quarter. It is so simple to just gather your trash/bush when finish cleaning your yard and bag them so the trash man or your lazy self can throw them in the Government Garbage bins at the side on the road.

We talk about the dump fires but this community fires are just as bad for ones health
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+1 #1 Jeff 2017-04-26 07:20
Great initiative. Keep up the good work. Long time ago these behavior were not tolerated. Now even those who enforce them have businesses of their own who break these laws.
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