Noise Ordinance Amended for Downtown During Warmer Months


On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Littleton City Council approved an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance, and it will be in effect until October 31, 2021. The adjustments allow for higher noise level limits on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between noon and 10 p.m. and applicable only to the Main Street Historic District.

With the continuation of Weekends On Main offering expansion of seating into Main Street and businesses providing music for patrons, the current city noise ordinance does not have specific regulations that fit these business practices of the downtown Main Street area; therefore, there is a need to create regulations specific to Main Street as it exists today. Being aware that some level of noise is part of the fabric of a vibrant community, the new temporary ordinance creates a Main Street area with specific decibel tables during specified times.

Testing started in early April and will continue through the end of October. City staff will monitor levels on a weekly schedule. Decibel readings will be taken at both the east and west end of Main Street, and at each block on both sides of the street. Any specific noise complaint will be addressed promptly by taking readings at the location of the noise and if a violation is found, adjustments will be required as necessary to comply with the code. Live music and amplified sound are not allowed outside of any business without an amplified sound permit from the City. This information regarding the new ordinance is also on the city website.

Council will revisit this ordinance in a study session that will take place before the temporary ordinance sunsets on November 1, 2021. The next steps will be based on the results of the weekly testing and community feedback.

If you have any input or would like to be part of the research efforts this summer, contact Littleton Code Enforcement at code_enforcement@littletongov.org or 303-795-3748 or contact the Planner of the Day drt@littletongov.org, 303-795-8076