Sound and Noise-related Equipment (Daily Permit)

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1061
Contact
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Commercial Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:

1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251

832.394.8803
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$35.56
Renewal fee
$35.56
Valid Period
1 day
Processing Time
1 business day

About

Permit allows the use of sound amplification equipment, not to exceed 65 dB(A) residentially or 68 dB(A) non-residentially, at a designated location for one calendar day between 8 am and 10 pm.

After Approval

On the day or days authorized, permittee must publicly display the permit during the term at the designated location.

Conditions & Exceptions

Permit locations involving City parks require prior approval and reservation from the Parks & Recreation Department.

Renewals are applied for daily for each event.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Daily permit application
  • Copy of the applicant's driver's license
  • Written authorization from the Parks & Recreation Department or from the Mayor's Office of Special Events, respectively, if the location is scheduled for a public park or if the function is considered as a special event.
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Apply Online

Yes, provided it does not occur at a public park or is not considered a special event.

Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
     
Apply by Mail

Provided the request does not involve a public park or is not a special event, mail the completed application and permit fee to:

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
Commercial Permitting & Enforcement Section
PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251-1561

Make checks and money orders payable to City of Houston. 
 

 

Additional Resources
What You Need

Renewals are applied for daily for each event.

  • Daily permit application
  • Copy of the applicant's driver's license
  • Written authorization from the Parks & Recreation Department or from the Mayor's Office of Special Events, respectively, if the location is scheduled for a public park or if the function is considered as a special event.
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Renew Online

Yes, provided it does not occur at a public park or is not considered a special event.

Renew in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
Renew by Mail

Provided the request does not involve a public park or is not a special event, mail the completed application and permit fee to:

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
Commercial Permitting & Enforcement Section
PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251-1561

Make checks and money orders payable to City of Houston.