In general, sound levels at an event cannot
exceed 50 dBa at adjacent property lines without getting a sound permit from the City. [SRC Chapter 51]
Getting a permit does not mean noise complaints will not be filed and investigated. Using common sense and being considerate of your neighbors is the best way to avoid a problem. The most common reasons for complaints include:
- Noise continues after 9:00 p.m.
- Noise continues for a long period of time
- Noise is unreasonably loud.
When you have an extended event, or one in the downtown area, you are required to notify surrounding properties in writing at your expense [SRC 51.040]. When you submit an application, you will get a map of the notification area. The recipients of the notification have 30 days to file written comments on the application. If your application is approved, you should keep a completed copy of the
Sound Permit Notification checklist at the event to verify you have delivered the required notice.