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Philadelphia Curfew Ordinance

 

  • Minors can not be in a public place from the beginning of curfew until 6:00 AM the following day unless:
    • The minor is with his or her parent;
    • The minor is running an errand or doing legitimate business at the direction of his or her parent;
    • The minor is engaged in lawful employment during curfew hours; or
    • The minor is on active duty in one of the branches of the United States military.
  • Parents, guardians or custodians can not knowingly allow minors to remain in a public place from the beginning of curfew until 6:00 AM the following day.
  • Business owners and their agents or employees can not knowingly permit a minor to remain on their premises from the beginning of curfew until 6:00 AM the following day.

 

CURFEW HOURS FOR MINORS 13 TO 17 YEARS OLD

School Year

Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day

Summer

Memorial Day to the day before Labor Day

Weekdays

Sunday to Thursday

Weekends

Friday and Saturday

Weekdays

Sunday to Thursday

Weekends

Friday and Saturday

10:30 PM to

6:00 AM

Midnight to

6:00 AM

10:30 PM to

6:00 AM

Midnight to

6:00 AM

 

CURFEW HOURS FOR MINORS UP TO 12 YEARS OLD

School Year

Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day

Summer

Memorial Day to the day before Labor Day

Weekdays

Sunday to Thursday

Weekends

Friday and Saturday

Weekdays

Sunday to Thursday

Weekends

Friday and Saturday

9:00 PM to

6:00 AM

10:00 PM to

6:00 AM

9:30 PM to

6:00 AM

10:00 PM to

6:00 A

 

  • October 30 (Mischief Night) and October 31 (Halloween) are classified as weekdays regardless of the actual calendar day of the week.


ENFORCEMENT OF PHILADELPHIA CURFEW ORDINANCE

  • A police officer who finds that a minor has violated the curfew ordinance must get the following information from the minor:
    • Name of minor
    • Age of minor
    • Address of minor
    • Name of minor’s parent, guardian, or custodian.
  • Then the police officer must do one of the following actions:

Take the minor home

 

 

  • Send the name and address of the minor’s parent, guardian or custodian to the Juvenile Bureau.

 

  • The Juvenile Bureau will send written notice of the curfew violation and penalties to the minor’s parent, guardian, or custodian.

Take the minor to a police status district and issue a citation

 

  • Immediately notify the parent, guardian or custodian of the minor’s whereabouts so the minor can be picked up at the police station.
  • Issue written notice of the curfew violation to the parent, guardian or custodian.
  • Determine whether DHS should be notified if the minor’s parent, guardian or custodian cannot be located in a reasonable time.

 

PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF PHILADELPHIA CURFEW ORDINANCE

Minors

Parents, Guardians, Custodians

Business Owners and their Agents or Employees

First Violation:

Up to $250 fine or community service

Subsequent Violations:

$300 to $500 fine or community service

First Violation:

Warning

Second Violation:

Up to $150 fine

Subsequent Violations:

$300 to $500 fine

 

Each repeat offense after receiving notice of two or more previous violations:

Up to $300 fine

and/or

Up to 90 days in jail

All Violations:

$250 to $450 fine and/or immediate revocation of business privilege license

 

 

 

Each repeat offense after one violation:

Up to $300 fine

and/or

Up to 90 days in jail

 

 

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MAYOR NUTTER SIGNS CURFEW LEGISLATION

Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed legislation establishing an updated curfew for all minors in the City of Philadelphia. The new ordinance creates an evening curfew if the minor is outside without a parent or legal guardian, Additionally, the legislation creates a penalty of up to $500 for the parents of youth committing curfew violations.

“I would like to thank City Council for passing this legislation quickly, which will help keep safe our citizens, especially our young people,” said Mayor Nutter. “A curfew has been in effect in Philadelphia since 1955. By adopting this legislation, we are updating and enforcing a law that was already on the books. During this past summer, our city was faced with a small percentage of our city’s youth impacting all of our citizens. This law will help our law enforcement to respond more effectively and quickly to apprehend the offenders.”

Through the updated law, minors 13 and under will have a curfew of 8:00 PM during the school year and 9:00 PM during the summer. Minors ages 14 through 15 will have a 9:00 PM curfew during the school year and a 10:00 PM curfew during the summer. Minors ages 16 and 17 will have a 10:00 PM curfew during the school year and an 11:00 PM curfew during the summer.

If caught breaking curfew, minors will be transported to the PPD district station where their parents or guardians will be contacted. They will receive a notice or citation when they collect their child from the station. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, PPD will contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) to initiate an investigation. Minors can be temporarily excused from the curfew if engaged in lawful employment, participating in legitimate business as directed by the minor’s parents, on active duty with the U.S. Armed Services, or if the minor is with a parent or guardian.

During the summer, Mayor Nutter instituted a 9:00 PM curfew for all minors in targeted enforcement areas on Friday and Saturday nights. The curfew included increased enforcement by the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) and law enforcement agencies. It was part of a comprehensive response to youth violence that included temporarily expanded recreation center hours and encouraging businesses to register with the PPD’s SafeCam initiative.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown added, "This measure gives law enforcement officials an important tool that they have requested to deter youth violence. Provided that it is used fairly and compassionately, it can be an important piece of the puzzle to building a safer City.”