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Noise Ordinance Abatement Waivers

Limited exceptions or waivers to the county's noise restrictions may be granted to organizations for special outdoor events to take place in the community. Organizations wishing for an exception can complete a Noise Waiver Application at least 30 days before their event, which is processed by Building Services and then comes before the commission in an advertised board meeting for approval. Please note that most public fireworks displays require a noise waiver in addition to a fireworks permit

  • For questions about the noise abatement waiver process or current permits, please contact Building Services at (850) 595-3550 or email
  • Complaints about noise ordinance violations should be directed to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office at (850) 436-9620.

Outdoor Event Permits

Large outdoor entertainment events with expected attendance of 5,000 people or more held in the unincorporated areas (outside city and town limits) of the county, or that are not authorized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority, are regulated by Escambia County Code of Ordinances and require a permit. Organizations wishing to host a large outdoor event should complete an Outdoor Event Permit Application and submit it along with fees and certificates of insurance at least 60 days prior to the event to the Public Safety Department. The county administrator or their designee is responsible for approving the permit.

  • For questions about requirements, fees or the application process, please call (850) 471-6400 or email  
  • Violations of ordinances can be reported to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office at (850) 436-9620. Always call 9-1-1 for all emergencies. 

Click here to view approved noise waivers and large event permits.

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