Resources and Tips
Have a Safe Party
- Only invite the number of guests that your house (or apartment) can comfortably hold.
- Do not open your party to people passing by. This is how irresponsible party-goers can ruin your event.
- Keep the noise level down. Tell your neighbors and give them a telephone number where they can reach you before calling the police about the noise.
- Consume alcohol responsibly—and legally. It is against the law for anyone under age 21 to consume alcohol. Even if you are of legal age, you can receive a citation for drinking in public.
- Have plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages available.
- Don’t let your intoxicated guests drive home. Have someone who did not drink alcohol do the driving, or call a cab.
- Clean up after your party—especially if there is trash in your yard.
Be sure to read all Parking Signs along streets to prevent being ticketed or being towed. Some streets do not allow parking at all. Be sure to ask your landlord to provide specific parking areas for cars. Please do not park on the grass!
Noise comes in all shapes and sizes—loud music, horns, sirens, cars being repaired or tested, even your voice (if it’s too loud between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.). Next to carelessly discarded trash, noise is the one thing that will cause the most difficulty with your neighbors. Please be courteous and keep the volume down. And, if you do have a party and expect the music to get a bit louder than usual, talk to your neighbors about it in advance. They may be willing to put up with the inconvenience as long as parties are the exception rather than the rule.
A clean property is a safer property. The City of Winston-Salem has rules for garbage pickup and recycling. In general, your garbage can, yard waste container and recycling cart must be placed of the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day— and put away within 24 hours of collection. Any questions or issues, call the Sanitation Department at 336-727-2638. And, remember, you can recycle too, so place these items in the recycle cart and not the garbage can. Call the Recycle Center for more info at 336-727-8153.
There are some conditions under which the city will not pick up bulky items, call the city (336) 727-2638 for information or suggestions.
Be A Good Neighbor
- Meet your neighbors; ask about the neighborhood.
- Talk with neighbors before you have a party (tell them the time of the party and give them your telephone number).
- Adhere to garbage and recycle days and procedures.
- Keep your yard clean and pick up litter.
- Don’t store that old couch (or other unsightly items) on the front porch or in the front yard.
- Keep the noise levels down, especially at night and in the early morning – it is not only the courteous thing to do, but it will prevent you from getting into trouble with your neighbors and the law. If you can hear your music playing on the inside while you are on the outside, it’s probably too loud.
- You are responsible for your guests; if they cause problems for the neighborhood, the problem ultimately becomes yours.
- If you have a problem with your neighbors, talk to them to resolve it; don’t ignore the situation.
- Park your car in designated areas on the street or in your driveway or garage – not on the sidewalk, lawn or greenbelt in front of your residence.