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

Toronto is a growing, vibrant city, where noise can be common. We encourage residents to exercise a reasonable degree of tolerance and to review the bylaw regulations by type of noise found below prior to submitting a service request.

If you have a concern, consider speaking with those responsible for making the noise to give them an opportunity to correct the issue. If you are a tenant, please speak to your landlord first and give them a reasonable period of time to correct the issue.

If this approach does not work, contact 311 to submit a service request.

Your request for service will be assessed on a priority basis. Cases that require an investigation will be opened within one to three days depending on request volumes, resources, and assessed priority.

What happens after you submit a service request for noise?

  • The goal is to resolve the issue and achieve compliance with the bylaw.
  • A Bylaw Enforcement Officer will be assigned to respond to your request and will contact you according to the assessed priority of the service request.
  • If there is a possible noise bylaw violation, the officer may conduct an investigation, which could include education, mediation, and/or enforcement actions.
  • In the event that legal action is necessary, you may be asked to provide a witness statement and give evidence in court.

Noise Bylaw Information

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.

Government work and bells, sirens or work needed to respond to an emergency are exempt from the Noise Bylaw.

Read more about the Noise Bylaw

Please note:  

  • The Municipal Licensing and Standards Division does not respond to demonstrations, noisy parties or noise from people acting disorderly, such as yelling, screaming and fighting. To report these types of noise, call the Toronto Police Service non-emergency number. For emergencies, call 9-1-1
  • Chapter 591-3.1 Safety and government work allows bells or sirens required for the purposes of public safety including sirens when operated by Police Services, Fire and Paramedic Services, or bells or whistles operated by rail or transit services (this includes fire/smoke alarms).

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