Aspen's noise ordinance outlines the maximum noise levels allowed during nighttime and daytime hours in each of the City's zone districts as measured in decibels (dBA):
Please see the noise ordinance (PDF) for more detailed information about the City's noise regulations.
Noise Meters Available
If you are concerned about the level of noise at home or work, you may borrow a noise meter from our office to check the noise level at your property line.
Talking to your neighbor before making an official complaint will often deliver the best results. If communication fails, contact our department or the Aspen Police Department. Both departments will be able to take readings at your property line to determine if the noise in question is within allowable limits for the zone district, and if necessary, contact the neighbor.
Gas Powered Leaf Blowers
The use of gas powered leaf blowers in Aspen was banned by City Council in 2003 in response to numerous noise complaints and a citizen petition requesting a ban. See the City's noise ordinance (PDF) for more information.
A first violation is subject to a $100 ticket. Aspen allows electric leaf blowers, which are cleaner and quieter, and also encourages the use of rakes, brooms, sweepers or leaf vacuums.
Homeowners can do their part by telling their lawn care professional to stop using illegal gas powered leaf blowers on their property.
As a citizen you may report the illegal use of gas powered leaf blowers by contacting our department. A warning will be issued if you are willing to identify yourself, provide your contact information, and provide information regarding your observations. This information will be necessary if a citation is issued.
Amplified Noise at Special Events
(May require a Special Event Permit; and to which the general public is invited).
It’s important to review the noise ordinance (PDF) to know all of the specific requirements for amplified noise at public special events. However, the key points are that the maximum decibel limit at the perimeter of the event is 100dBA between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (the Environmental Health Department has a noise meter you may borrow). Don’t forget to give the neighbors a seven day advance notice!
(Usually does not require a Special Event Permit and may be located at a park, business, or nonprofit facility; and to which the general public is not invited).
It’s important to review the noise ordinance (PDF) to know all of the specific requirements for amplified noise at private special events. However, the key points are that the maximum decibel limit at the perimeter of the private special event is 80dBA between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. (the Environmental Health Department has a noise meter you may borrow). After 8 p.m. regular noise ordinance levels apply. Don’t forget to give the neighbors a seven day advance notice!