The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the existing noise bylaw. A report to the Licensing and Standards Committee is expected in 2018.

The bylaw sets out specific rules for noise depending on the time and areas or “zone.” Certain types of noise are prohibited in certain time periods and areas (or zones).

There are two types of zones in the bylaw.

  • Quiet zone: Any property within the city used as a hospital, retirement home, nursing home or senior citizens residence.
  • Residential area: Any property within the city zoned for residential use.

Chapter 591, Noise, provides standards for noise and applies to all properties in Toronto. The bylaw prohibits noise at any time that is likely to disturb others.

Noise is defined in the bylaw as unwanted sound.

The City is working with the Noise Working Group about how noise is regulated in Toronto.

The Noise Working Group includes representatives from the Toronto Noise Coalition, resident associations, construction and entertainment business associations, BIAs and other relevant stakeholders.

The Noise Working Group was formed to provide advice to the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on amendments to Municipal Code, Chapter 591, Noise, and enhance the relationship between the City, residents, associations and stakeholders.

Toronto Public Health in collaboration with Ryerson University is conducted a study on noise levels in Toronto from August to October 2016. Outcomes of the study are being used to inform the noise bylaw review.