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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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Revised Noise Variance Fees coming to City Council August 31


In response to the feedback we collected this spring, The Office of Neighborhood Involvement is proposing a more nominal increase of 15% across the board for all noise variance fees.

Portland City Council will review the attached fee proposal on the morning Wednesday, August 31.For materials and agenda, please visit The agenda will be posted on Friday, August 26.

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 fulltime 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.

Memo for Council

Proposed Fee Increase



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