Notice: Municipal Licensing & Standards and have re-started their intake process for Noise Exemptions and the entire process will be facilitated online.

To apply for a Noise Exemption permit a completed application permit form must be completed and submitted by email to NoiseTO@toronto.ca. Once the application has been submitted, applicants will receive an invoice number by email. This invoice can then be paid online at the City of Toronto Licensing Services Payment webpage.

Further information on the Noise Exemption permit, including application requirements, how to apply, fees and what happens after you apply can be found by visiting the City of Toronto website.


The Noise Bylaw provides standards for noise in Toronto. This includes decibel limits and time restrictions for some types of noise.  

Noise Exemption Permits can be requested for events or activities that may be in contravention of the Noise Bylaw. Examples include:

  • Special events that feature amplified sound, such as concerts or the use of loud speakers
  • Construction noises outside the allowable hours, including continuous concrete pouring and large crane work.

Note:

Under Ontario Regulation 130/20, construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversions that could be repurposed for health care space have no time limitations – these types of projects are permitted 24/7.  However, all other allowable construction activity is permitted from 6 am to 10 pm seven days a week, including stat holidays.

A normal application takes three weeks to process, including two weeks with the City Councillor’s Office. More complex application such as lengthy construction projects and those requiring noise mitigation plans could take longer. An application for only continuous concrete pouring and large crane work does not require approval from the local City Councillor's Office(s).  Instead, this type of application has been delegated to the Executive Director of ML&S or his designate. Please plan accordingly and submit your application at least four weeks in advance of the event or activity. 

Application Package

To apply for a Noise Exemption Permit, applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed Noise Exemption Permit application form, with appropriate appendix completed
  • $100 application fee
  • Additional information, if requested.

Additional Information

Upon review of an application, the City may require:

  • Reasons supporting an exemption permit. Applicant may be requested to provide supplementary reasons in greater detail in addition to the information required in this application
  • Noise Mitigation Plan. Applicant may be required to submit a noise mitigation plan outlining actions to be taken to reduce and mitigate the impact of the noise event
  • Statement certified by a professional engineer or acoustical consultant. Applicant may be required to submit a statement for any sounds that are not technically or operationally feasible to control.

How to Apply

Noise Exemption Permit applications can be submitted by email, regular mail, or in-person. All applicants must also pay the $100 application fee.  

More information on how to submit your application, application fees, and method of payment is available on the City's website.

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