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Copenhagen looking to curb its nightlife’s noise and rubbish

As number of permits being granted to late-night establishments and outdoor events increases, so have the complaints

The party never stops in Copenhagen (photo: Distortion Facebook – Hjalte Winther)
November 11th, 2016 3:23 pm| by Christian W

“Ain’t no party like a Copenhagen party ‘cuz a Copenhagen party don’t stop … “. No seriously. It never stops. Ever.

Formidable nightlife in Copenhagen city centre, inner Nørrebro, Vesterbro and Islands Brygge has led to skyrocketing complaints about noise, rubbish, bad smells, loud music and party-goers on the streets.

Now, the city mayor, Frank Jensen, has extended an olive branch to those citizens disturbed by the vibrant nightlife of the capital.

“We need to turn down the volume of the nightlife,” Jensen said.

“Copenhagen should remain a city with a lively nightlife, but it must be possible for citizens to move about safely and be able to sleep at night without drowning in noise, filth and trouble.”

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Permits and compaints soar
Yesterday, a majority at City Hall agreed to order the two administrations responsible for permits and cleaning – Kultur- og Fritidsforvaltningen (KFF) and Teknik- og Miljøforvaltningen (TMF) – to make a plan aimed at reducing the disturbances.

In 2014, TMF received 687 complaints, but over the first nine months of 2016 there have already been over 1,000 complaints – mostly lodged during the summer period.

The number of permits granted to establishments allowing them to stay open until 02:00 and 05:00 has also been on the increase in recent years, while the number of permits granted to outdoor events across the city has soared by 67 percent since 2010.

Last month, it was revealed that noise and rubbish were among the reasons why increasing numbers of smaller shops and specialty merchants were abandoning Strøget in Copenhagen.


Steps being looked at include:

– halting the approval of new permits after midnight in areas where the problem is significant

– spreading out permits for events so the most noisy aren’t in the same areas all the time

– more cleaning, such as more spray carts, better dusting and emptying of rubbish bins and building pissoirs

– expanding the municipality’s noise monitoring so there are employees ready to process complaints on those days when nightlife is at its most lively

– better reporting by cleaning personnel about which restaurants or clubs fail to clear up rubbish, vomit, glass etc that they generate themselves

– contacting the government about better opportunities to punish establishments who fail to co-operate about reducing nightlife disturbances, and limiting the use of party buses

– better dialogue regarding partying on the streets with establishments, police, noise monitors, bouncers etc