Construction equipment, loud vehicles, amplified music, air conditioners, and loud parties are all examples of noise found in urban areas. Understandably, certain noise levels must be tolerated by all citizens in order for normal functions of urban life to continue. However, excessive, unnecessary, and/or annoying noise is regulated.
Gas Powered Leaf Blowers
Use of gas powered leaf blowers in Aspen was banned by City Council in in 2003 (Ordinance 18.04.040) in order to respond to numerous noise complaints and a citizen petition requesting a ban.
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 at
970-920-5039. 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 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 am and 9 pm (the Environmental Health Department has a noise meter you may borrow). Don’t forget to give the neighbors a 7 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 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 am and 8 pm (the Environmental Health Department has a noise meter you may borrow). After 8 pm regular noise ordinance levels apply. Don’t forget to give the neighbors a 7 day advance notice!
If you are concerned
about construction noise, please contact a Construction Mitigation Officer in the City of Aspen Engineering Department at 970-920-5080.
Maximum noise level by Zone District
(11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.)
(7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)
Maximum vehicle noise levels
Type of Vehicle
Noise level for speed 35 mph or less
|Noise level for speed over 35 mph|
10,000 lbs or more
Less than 10,000 lbs
If you are concerned about the level of noise at home or work, the Environmental Health Department has a noise meter that you may borrow 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 the Aspen Environmental Health Department or Aspen Police Department. Both departments have access to noise meters and 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.
Municipal Code section 18.04