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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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 Review Board Agendas & Minutes



The Noise Review Board is unique in the United States in offering citizens and the business community a direct way to be involved in helping set the City of Portland’s policies related to the environmental issue of noise pollution.  The five member board is comprised of three community at-large representatives, as well as  from the construction industry professional, and a professional working in the field of acoustics. Volunteers serve on the Noise Review Board for three-year terms, with a maximum of two terms.


The Noise Review Board is responsible for advocating for the Portland Community in noise-related policy-making decisions. As Portland’s population becomes denser, the need to address quality-of-life issues like noise is increasingly important. One important part of the Noise Review Board work is to help establish the direction the City is headed in addressing emerging noise problems in the community.


The Board engages the community around issues related to construction, special events, and other issues, to strike a balance between noise-generating activities and the desire for livable communities. The Board also reviews applications for complex noise variances, in which members of the public ask to vary the code for projects and special events.


The Noise Review Board meets once a month, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm


Please note: all minutes and agendas are now filtered by year.  They are located in the menu to the left of this page. Please note: if you do not see the most recent minutes, they are still in the approval process, and will be posted after the Noise Review Board approves them. Please call our office to find out any variance decisions on minutes not yet approved.


For more information contact the Noise Program at 503-823-7350