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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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

Noise Control Program




Revised Noise Variance Fees effective October 7, 2016

Recently, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Noise Program went before City Council to request a fee increase. Council approved our request, and now, beginning October 7, 2016, our fee increase goes into effect. Before submitting your variance, be sure to download our updated applications with our up-to-date pricing.

Please note: we now have separated variance applications for construction and all other activities.  We hope that by breaking them down, they will be easier to fill out.

The 15% for variance review and related monitoring activity will allow the Noise Office to maintain its current operations based on the current volume of variance activities. The revenues anticipated from the fee increases will help to cover the cost of a full-time administrative coordinator who staffs the Noise Hotline, processes low-impact and community event variances, and responds to inquiries and complaints. Noise Program fees have not been increased since 2014.

This fall, the Noise Office will be conducting a tracking study to present to City Council in the spring of 2017, identifying actual staff-time costs that are associated with the variance process, that reflect a reasonable responsiveness to community complaints. The Noise Program is interested in exploring new and creative ways to increase funding the Noise Control Office to maintain its important function of maintaining neighborhood livability in the context of an increasingly dense urban environment.



Memo for Council

 Fee Increase



Have any general questions about the fees?  Call the Noise line at (503)-823-7350

Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Noise Control Program
1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110
Portland, OR  97204
Ph: 503-823-7350
Fx: 503-823-3050