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Sound Level Variance Permit

For special events, a sound level variance permit is sometimes needed. From the hours of 7 am - 10 pm the sound level cannot exceed 65 decibels at 100 feet from the sound's source, which is comparable to sound in a business office. From the hours of 10 pm - 7 am, the sound level cannot exceed 55 decibels at 100 feet, which is comparable to conversational speech.

A sound level variance permit can temporarily increase the legal sound limitations. If you think your event may need a sound level variance, contact DSI at least 60 days prior to the date of the event.

If you have questions, contact DSI at (651) 266-8989, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 293 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about noise variances.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:


This license requires inspection approvals from Environmental Health (Ph (651) 266-8989).


The fee per event for a Sound Level Variance Permit is $164.00.


A Sound Level Variance Permit is valid only during the date(s) of the specific event.

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