In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Noise Office requests that variance applications be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made online through DevHub. If you are unfamiliar with this, please email us, and we'll send you directions.
If you have submitted a time-sensitive variance application and need to cancel due to the current state-of-emergency, please let us know. Please include your permit number so we can easily find it in our database. If your event will be postponed until later in 2020, rather than canceled, we are waiving the date-change fee until the state-of-emergency is over.
For activities that make more noise than our Noise Code allows, or if your construction project takes place outside permitted construction hours, then you will need a noise variance. For information and instructions on noise variances, please take a look at our instruction sheet.
Please note: Our office needs payment at the same time as the permit. You may either mail in the paper copy along with a check, or come in person. We are able to take credit card payments in person.
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 110, Portland OR 97204
To All Variance Applicants:
Effective July 1, 2019, our prices will be going up. At that time, we now have updated applications on our website. Please use these instead of the 2018 applications.
|Getting an Application|
We have separate applications for construction requests, and all other activities. We also have an instruction sheet to help you fill out your application. For more information, please call our Noise Hotline at 503-823-7350, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Applications for large activities, or activities lasting for a year or more are reviewed by the Noise Review Board (a volunteer group with monthly meetings). Variances going before the Noise Review Board are decided within 45 business days of receiving the completed application.
The Noise Control Office reviews all other applications. When possible, a decision will be made within 10 business days of receiving of the completed application.
It may be possible to shorten the process if a faster review is needed. There is an additional fee for this, and the Noise Control Officer/Noise Review Board Chair would have to have enough time to look at the request to decide that the request is in the City’s interest. The Noise Control Office needs at least 3 business days to review the application. If a Noise Review Board variance is needed, the Chair of the Noise Review Board needs at least 7 business days for review.
|Standards for review|
All applications will be reviewed considering the following measures:
To appeal a variance decision to the City Council, the applicant or legal representative, or any person who has submitted oral or written testimony must take these steps: