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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

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

Noise Control Program

The Noise Office is preparing to raise our annual rates for noise variances effective August 1, 2020. For details, please go to our Noise Variance page.


 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 June agenda will include information on how to join the meeting.





Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board's recruitment for an open seat has closed. Thank you for your interest. 


 The Noise Review Board is the advisory body that makes decisions and sets conditions for noise variance applications for construction/infrastructure projects and special events that are either long-term (lasting one or more years) or will impact over 250 people.  


The Board is comprised of five members, including three community member-at-large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics. Volunteers serve on the Noise Review Board for three-year terms, and Board members may serve a maximum of two terms. The Noise Review Board meets once a month, on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.


For more information, contact or call at 503-823-3992


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 Neighborhood Involvement authority to enforce regulations covering most aspects of noise pollution.

The table below shows the allowable decibel levels set by zoning.  Our office has 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