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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204


1221 SW 4th Ave Room 110
Portland, OR 97204


Paul van Orden, Noise Control Officer


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Noise Control Program




Revised Noise Variance Fees effective October 7, 2016

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Noise Control Program recently went before Portland City Council to request a fee increase to all variance applications. The proposal is a more nominal increase of 15% across the board for all noise variance fees. 

The 15% for variance review and related monitoring activity will allow the Noise Office to maintain its current operations based on the current volume of variance activities. The revenues anticipated from the fee increases will help to cover the cost of a full-time administrative coordinator who staffs the Noise Hotline, processes low-impact and community event variances, and responds to inquiries and complaints. Noise Program fees have not been increased since 2014.

This fall, the Noise Office will be conducting a tracking study to present to City Council in the spring of 2017, identifying actual staff-time costs that are associated with the variance process, that reflect a reasonable responsiveness to community complaints. The Noise Program is interested in exploring new and creative ways to increase funding the Noise Control Office to maintain its important function of maintaining neighborhood livability in the context of an increasingly dense urban environment.


Fee Increase FY17

Memo for Council




Have any general questions about the fees?  Call the Noise line at (503)-823-7350

Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Noise Control Program
1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110
Portland, OR  97204
Ph: 503-823-7350
Fx: 503-823-3050