Conference & Event Services is the department responsible for the amplified sound policy.

Source Document:  Permit to Use Sound Policies and Guidelines 

Please read the following policy carefully and submit your completed sound permit to Conference & Event Services.

The following policies and guidelines have been developed to assure that sound at events held on campus is maintained at a reasonable level and is not disruptive to campus activities or communities.
1. A permit must be approved by CES for outdoor use of sound on campus. Permits will not be approved if the sound may interfere with classes, the orderly administration of the University, or reasonably disturb campus and community residents.
2. The level of sound must be limited to reach only the immediate audience.
3. Speakers must be positioned carefully in order to prevent sound from disturbing persons not in the immediate area. Atmospheric conditions, the surrounding terrain and the buildings can greatly influence the effect of sound. The set-up of speaker should be carefully checked before each event and monitored occasionally during the event by the sponsor.
Sound checks must be conducted only during the hours sound is allowed.
4. Outdoor use of sound is generally permitted in the areas listed below and in accordance with the conditions enumerated. All other areas by exception only.

  • Main Quadrangle (East & West)
    o Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 1 p.m. only
    o Friday 12 noon – 1 p.m
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (by exception only)
    o Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (by exception only)
    o Sunday & Holidays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (by exception only)
  • MU Patio
    o Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 1 p.m. only
    o Friday 12 noon – 1 p.m.
  • After 5 p.m. by exception only
    o Weekends & Holidays by exception only
  • Putah Creek Lodge & Rec Pool Lodge
    o Monday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    o Friday 5 p.m. – 12 midnight
    o Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 midnight
    o Sunday & Holidays 12 noon – 10 p.m.
  • Silo
    o Sound permitted outside building by exception only. UES Coordinator will contact Brett Burns, Director of Memorial Union
  • Toomey Field
    Sound is permitted during Athletics Events only.


  1. Contracts with performing groups must contain a statement which allows the sponsor or the University to regulate the level of amplified sound.
  2. The sponsor is responsible for assuring that amplified sound does not disrupt normal University activities, including regularly scheduled classes. The sponsor also must be sensitive to the fact that others become unwilling participants in an event if amplified sound is produced at an excessive level. Responsible behavior prevents unwarranted disturbances to other persons and contributes to a more successful event.
  3. University staff have been instructed to monitor the level of amplified sound and to take appropriate measures to prevent disruptive noise. With adequate planning by the group, staff intercession will not be necessary.
  4. Complaints about disruptive sound will result in an assessment of the situation by University staff who will determine whether to (a) allow the sound to continue, (b) reduce the volume, or (c) terminate the use of amplified sound.
  5. The University may withhold reservation privileges of organizations/individuals that violate these policies.

The amplified sound permit can be found at: