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Turn it up! DSI simplifies process for amplified sound with new permit, guidelines

The old process for obtaining sound variances required significant time and resources from everyone involved — from the requestor to the city council. In 2022, more than 120 variance requests went to the City Council for approval - most were approved without comment or attendance from community members. Another 50 requests met exemptions and didn’t require a council-approved variance. 

New for 2024, most Sound Level Variances are covered by administratively-issued Amplified Sound Permits. The permit-issuing agency now depends on the location of the event - any events on Parks and Recreation property will be issued by Parks and Recreation. Everywhere else (residential or non-residential property) is handled by the Department of Safety and Inspections.

Public hearings are no longer required, and the applicant is responsible for notifying neighbors and properties within 300 feet of the event’s location.

Sound Level Variances are still required for events with excessive sound outside of regular hours, but most events can be covered by permits!

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Last Edited: February 8, 2024