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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

Noise Control Program


 Are you a professional in acoustics?

The Noise Review Board will have an open seat for an acoustic specialist, beginning in April. 2021. This is a three-year term, with the opportunity to serve for a second three-year term. The Noise Review Board meets monthly, the second Wednesday evening of the month. For more information, contact



 In order to slow the spread of COVID-19,  Noise Review Hearings will be conducted electronically until further notice.  If you have any comments you would like to make on any variance applications on the schedule, please email, or join the Zoom meeting. The agenda will include information on how to join the meeting.



Program Overview
The City of Portland Office of Community & Civic Life's Noise Control Program works to improve neighborhood livability by enforcing the city's noise regulations and issuing Noise Variances for events and activities that cause more noise than  normally allowed. The program works to ensure that the livability of Portland communities is maintained.

Noise Code Enforcement - Title 18 Noise Code covers noise issues within the City of Portland limits and does not extend to unincorporated Multnomah or Washington Counties.  Title 18 was developed to control the level of noise in the City of Portland in a way that promotes the use, value and enjoyment of one's property and the urban environment. The Noise Code uses the measurement of decibel levels to determine if a violation exists and is based on the zone in which you live or work. Portland City Code Title 18 gives the Office of Community & Civic Life authority to enforce regulations covering most aspects of noise pollution.

The table below shows the allowable decibel levels set by zoning.  After the COVID pandemic allows us to work from our office, we have decibel meters we rent in order to help you determine if a violation might exist (Please note, our meters are only to help determine a baseline sound so a Noise Inspector can follow up if needed)

Decibel Table

Have a question? 

Office of Community & Civic Life 
Noise Control Program
1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110
Portland, OR  97204

Info Line 503-823-7350