Note: January 13, 2021 - A State of Emergency has been declared in Ontario Permitted Construction

Construction noise: Is clearly audible sound from the operation of equipment used in construction, such as erection of new structures, repair, demolition, land clearing, excavating, laying of pipes, application of concrete, installation of equipment, etc. are not allowed during prohibited hours.

It shall be lawful to emit or cause or permit the emission of sound from measures undertaken as a result of an emergency requiring immediate action for the construction, preservation, restoration or demolition of any highway.

Sections 29-31 previously listed specific construction activities that were authorized to operate. As restrictions are being lifted, these sections are no longer necessary and have been removed.

COVID19 - The Government of Ontario has extended construction hours for permitted construction activity to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week (including statutory holidays).  Construction related to the healthcare sector is permitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week The Provincial Regulation is in effect until October 7, 2021.


Note:  Toronto Municipal Code Section 591-3.1 – Safety & Government Work.

Government work and noise due to safety measures are exempt from the Noise Bylaw.

Government work is the construction, rehabilitation or maintenance work conducted by the City, Province of Ontario, Government of Canada and any of its agencies or agents.  This applies to the operation of motor vehicles and equipment actually engaged in government construction work.

Safety measures include bells or sirens operated by police, fire, paramedic services and bells or whistles operated by rail or transit services.

If you have a concern, consider speaking with those responsible for making the noise to give them an opportunity to correct the issue. If this approach does not work, you can call 311 to submit a service request for investigation.

Individuals can apply for a noise exemption to work outside of the permitted hours as long as they meet the application requirement. Learn more about the noise exemption process.

For more information, visit the  Noise webpage.

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