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Noise Permits

Instructions to obtain a noise permit, and to report a noise complaint in the City of Albuquerque.

How to Obtain a Permit

Noise permits are available to allow temporary sound above the usual limits but still within reason for events having amplified sound, such as DJ’s, microphones, live bands, etc. Noise permits can be obtained Monday- Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the City of Albuquerque, Environmental Health Department office, located at 1 Civic Plaza, Room 3023.  For directions to our office, please click on this map.

Construction noise permits are also available.

All noise permits are free of charge.

Noise permits are also subject to review or revocation by the Albuquerque Police Department or the Environmental Health Department. A noise permit can be suspended without notice at any time if the sound is too loud, or if there are a large number of complaints.  Future noise permits may be denied if a location or individual receives substantial complaints.

NOTE: Noise permits are not for recurring events such as band practice or businesses that have regular music, for example, a nightclub or bar.

How to File a Complaint

To report a noise complaint during business hours, please call 311.

For after-hours complaints (after 5 p.m. on weekdays, during weekends, and holidays) or complaints requiring immediate assistance, please call the Albuquerque Police Department non-emergency phone number, (505) 242-COPS (2677).

When filing a complaint, please include:

  1. description of the noise;
  2. your contact information;
  3. the location of the source of your complaint;
  4. time, date, and duration of the complaint; and
  5. any additional information that will assist the Environmental Health Department or the Albuquerque Police Department in addressing the issue.

It is not required that noise investigations and sound measurements be taken at the exact time of a noise complaint. In most cases, the Environmental Health Department can evaluate the noise complaint during regular business hours.