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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



Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board currently has one open position, available now; and is seeking applications for a community member at-large position.


 The Noise Review Board works to improve neighborhood livability by striking a balance between sound-generating activities related to construction, special events, and other issues, and the desire for livable communities. The Board reviews applications for noise variances, in which members of the public ask to vary the code for projects and special events. Additionally, the Board is responsible for making sound-related policy decisions


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 Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.


For an application to volunteer, please visit:


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

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

Info Line 503-823-7350