Curfew Ordinance

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At their February 9, 2004 meeting, the City Council adopted ordinance #2004-212, creating a juvenile curfew for youth in Janesville. This ordinance, Chapter 9.50, became effective on February 15, 2004 and is enforced by the Janesville Police Department.

This ordinance affects children under the age of seventeen. Sunday through Thursday nights youth under age seventeen must be home from 11:00PM until 5:00AM. On Friday and Saturday nights, the curfew is from 11:59PM (midnight) until 5:00AM.

Exceptions to this rule include the following:

  • The child is accompanied by his or her parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult having the child's care, custody or control.


  • The child is responding to an emergency.


  • The child is traveling directly between his or her place of residence, school, place of employment or other activity excepted by this section.


  • The child is at work or performing certain employment work or services.


  • The child is attending a supervised school, supervised religious or supervised recreational activity.


  • The child is performing an errand directed by his or her parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult.


  • The child is engaging in activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Penalties for breaking the city's curfew can include a maximum $250 fine for the child per offense as well as a maximum $500 fine for the parent or guardian of the child.

For more information about the curfew, please view the ordinance here or contact the Janesville Police Department at (608) 755-3100.

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