Clackamas County Code Enforcement processes applications requesting a variance from the County noise ordinance.
Determine if a variance is right for you.
Clackamas County Code Chapter 6.05 outlines how noise is enforced in unincorporated Clackamas County. Section 6.05.030 provides the general noise prohibitions, and Section 6.05.040 lists Noises Specifically Prohibited.
The exempted noise activities are listed in County Code Section 6.05.060.
If your noise event is covered in the exemptions you do not need a variance. If the event is not included, you will need to apply for a variance.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, rather it simply means you have to adhere to the noise level limits outlined by County Code Chapter 6.05.101176
Certain activities to include sounds caused by religious activities on property generally used for such purposes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. do not require a variance (6.05.060).101176
Generally, any noise that is unreasonably loud or raucous or that unreasonably disturbs the comfort or peace of a reasonable person of ordinary sensitivity would violate the noise ordinance. The time of day during which the noise is occurring will influence whether or not the noise is deemed to be unreasonable in a given situation. In certain circumstances, the ordinance provides for a lower noise threshold between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following day.101176
We require 10 business days’ notice in order to have the time and staffing for proper consideration and response to your application request. Without at least 10 business days’ notice, we are unable to guarantee a response to your request prior to the event.101176
No, according to ordinance 6.05.060(L), “Noise emanating from the combustion, detonation, or concussion caused by using fireworks or similar devices from July 1 until July 5 of each year”.101176
Generally, any noise that is unreasonably loud or raucous or that unreasonably disturbs the comfort or peace of a reasonable person of ordinary sensitivity would violate the noise ordinance. The time of day during which the noise is occurring will influence whether or not the noise is deemed to be unreasonable in a given situation.101176
Often the activities described fall within the ordinances “exceptions” meaning the facility isn’t required to apply for a variance. The full list of the types of noise exempt from violations are set forth in 6.05.060 of the County Code.101176
Variance Application Process
- The application must be submitted and determined to be complete no less than ten (10) business days before the first date of your event in order to process and respond to your variance request application.
- A minimum of 10 business days’ notice prior to the event is required to apply for a Noise Variance.
- The variance will be reviewed for completeness and then processed by Code Enforcement. You will be notified of the decision and the next steps of the process via email.
The applicant will receive the noise variance permit if approved. The application is not approved until all steps are completed.
If the application is denied, a denial letter will be emailed to the applicant.
Have additional questions? Please contact us 503-742-4452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.