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Curfew Ordinance




We've had several requests to add information on the Curfew Ordinance to the Town of Griffith website.

We've also noted that some residents believe that our Curfew Ordinance includes "Summer hours" and different times for the remainder of the year while children are attending school. That is incorrect.

The Ordinance is available for viewing at the Town Hall during normal business hours. Following are excerpts from that Ordinance:


Sec. 46-27. Curfew

(a) No parent, guardian or other custodian of any child between the full ages of 13 years and 18 years shall permit that child to be in a public place in the town:

(1) Between 12:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday;
(2) After 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday; or
(3) Before 5:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

(b) No parent, guardian, or other custodian of any child under the age of 13 years shall permit that child to be in a public place in the town after 10:00 p.m. or before 5:30 a.m. on any day.

(c) This section does not apply to a child who is accompanied by parent, guardian, custodian, or the specified adult nominee of the parent, guardian, or custodian, nor does it apply to participation in or returning from lawful employment, lawful athletic event, educational, religious or social event.

(d) Each member of the police department is directed to take into custody any minor person violating the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, and to take the minor person, while in custody, to his place of residence and thereupon determine the name of the parent, guardian, or other person having the legal custody of the minor person. It shall be the duty of the apprehending officer to cause a citation for violation of this section to be issued to the offending parent, guardian, or custodian.

(Code 1984, § 130.01)
State Law references --- Criminal mischief, IC 35-43-1-2; disorderly conduct, IC 35-45-1-3

The State of Indiana, Department of Labor website has info on work limits and rules for teenagers: http://www.in.gov/labor/childlabor/childlabor.html