Worthington City Ordinances
Worthington City Ordinances
The Worthington Police Department is providing this short synopsis of City Ordinances for your convenience. It is not intended to represent all the Laws and Regulations. If you have any questions in regards to the Ordinances mentioned in this brochure, please call the Law Enforcement Center at 295-5400.
Your cooperation with the local law enforcement is greatly appreciated.
-Worthington Police Chief
The Following are City Ordinances of the City of Worthington
Parking of Vehicles - A vehicle may not be parked in the same place on a public street or in a public parking lot for over a 24-hour period.
Snow removal is assisted by an odd/even parking regulation in the winter. During November 15th to April 15th, the ordinance states that on odd days of the month you park on the side of the street with odd house numbers and on the even days on the side with the even house numbers. Remember at the end of some months and the beginning of some months there are two odd days in a row. (E.g. December 31 and January 1).
The City does not allow junk cars to be parked in the city, including on private property.
Exhibition Driving - The City of Worthington prohibits any type of Exhibition Driving, such as tire squealing, spinning on sand or gravel, simulating a race or other erratic driving.
Noise - The City of Worthington prohibits the making or production of an unnecessary noise by shouting or by any other means or mechanism including the blowing of any automobile or other vehicle horn.
You are not allowed to discharge (shoot) any firearm in the city limits. This includes BB and pellet guns. Nor are you allowed to discharge explosives, fireworks or firecrackers. Nor are you allowed to possess fireworks or firecrackers.
Curfew - The City of Worthington prohibits:
- Anyone age 15 and younger from being in a public place from 10:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and from being in a public place from 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on any Friday or Saturday.
- anyone 16 and 17 years old from being in a public place from 11:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following day, and from being in a public place from Midnight until 6:00 a.m. on any Friday or Saturday.
The only exceptions to the curfew ordinance are that the minor was:
- Accompanied by the minor’s parent or legal guardian;
- On an errand at the direction of the minor’s parent or guardian, without any detour or stop;
- In a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel;
- Engaged in an employment activity, or going to or returning home from an employment activity, without any detour or stop;
- Involved in an emergency;
- On the sidewalk abutting the minor’s residence or abutting the residence of a next-door neighbor if the neighbor did not complain to the Police Department about the minor’s presence;
- Attending an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the city, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor, or going to or returning home from, without any detour or stop
- Exercising First Amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution;
- Married or had been married;
- Homeless or uses a public or semi-public place as his/her place of abode.
If you have any questions about these or other laws, please call the Law Enforcement Center at 295-5400.