High Heat Exceptions

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To support safe conditions for construction workers during the heat wave, high heat noise exceptions are effective August 1, 2022 and will be in effect for 180 days.

High Heat Exceptions

Effective August 1, 2022, construction activities may begin at 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday without a noise variance when the temperature is predicted by the National Weather Service to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit by 3:00 p.m.

This Interim Rule will be in effect for 180 days.

How to Receive an Exception?

The construction company will  need to email the Noise Control Office at variances@portlandoregon.gov  and notify neighbors within a 500-foot radius of the construction site, about the planned 6:00 a.m. start during high heat within 3 to 5 days.

This Interim Rule does not apply to Sundays and Legal Holidays.

Who Does Not Qualify for Exceptions?

This Interim Rule excludes pile driving, concrete saws, jackhammers, rock crushers and vactor trucks.

Why are High Heat Exceptions Important?

The City of Portland is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of everyone. People working construction are required to wear work clothes and equipment that make it difficult to regulate body temperature while working outdoors in hot weather. By allowing construction to start earlier on extremely hot days, we are not only protecting Portland workers but we are also helping construction projects meet their deadlines while shortening the number of noisy days in your neighborhood.

How Often Does it Reach 85 Degrees in Portland?

Since 2015, we have seen an average of 46 days a year that reached 85 degrees or more by 3:00 p.m. The months of July and August are typically when temperatures are the hottest however, the temperature can reach 85 degrees as early as May and as late as September.