Wichita City Council members adopted stricter safety regulations for haunted houses in a 4-3 vote Tuesday.
But several council members said they fear the move will result in some operators moving their seasonal businesses out of city limits.
Council members agreed to monitor feedback from haunted house operators and residents for the next week before they vote on a final version of the regulations next Tuesday.
The new rules stem from a resident’s concerns about safety.
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Wichita officials researched rules in other cities and met with local haunted house operators before proposing a new set of standards.
The changes require wider hallways, public announcement systems and background checks of operators.
Anyone who has been convicted of a felony in the past decade or is a registered sex offender would be denied a permit to operate a haunted house.
The proposal would hike application fees from $50 to $100, and would charge $250 for an annual license.
It would increase fines for violators from $100 to $500, which is similar to other permit violations.