Noise Bylaw Review
The City of Toronto is reviewing the Noise Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 591), which provides standards for noise and applies to all properties in Toronto. The review aims to introduce updates that reflect our growing and vibrant city, while enhancing the noise standards that protect the residents of Toronto.
Proposed amendments to the bylaw were adopted as amended by the Ecomonic and Community Development Committee on April 3, and will be considered by Toronto City Council on April 16.
To be kept abreast of progress on the Noise Bylaw Review, you can subscribe to email updates:
- Visit E-updates to sign up
- Open the “Get Involved in Your Community” section
- Type in your email address
- Scroll down to select Noise Bylaw Review and hit “Subscribe”
- Look and respond to an email to confirm your subscription
Five public consultations were held on early 2019, each focusing on a particular area of the Noise Bylaw.
1. Power Equipment (for example: leaf blowers and restrictions on time of use)
Monday January 28, 2019
2. Motor Vehicles (for example: vehicle noise on highways and private property)
Tuesday January 29, 2019
3. Amplified Sound (for example: music from bars and decibel limits)
Wednesday January 30, 2019
4. Construction Noise (for example: restrictions on time and noise management)
Tuesday February 5, 2019
5. General Noise (for example: playing an instrument, residential noise, etc.)
Wednesday February 6, 2019
The City began reviewing the Noise Bylaw in 2015. In 2016, with direction from the Licensing and Standards Committee, a Noise Working Group (NWG) was convened with stakeholders from resident associations, business improvement areas, the music and entertainment industry, the construction and building industry and other city divisions and agencies.
The NWG met nine times and concluded in 2017. The group reviewed current and proposed amendments to the noise bylaw and highlighted outstanding issues. In April 2018, a report documenting these outstanding issues and next steps in the noise bylaw review was brought to City Council.
The City has also undertaken additional research and consultation, including:
- procuring an independent acoustical engineering firm to provide a technical review of 1) the current and proposed noise bylaw, and 2) the feedback collected from members of the Noise Working Group
- conducting broad and statistically significant public opinion research on resident attitudes, experience and concerns with noise in Toronto
- pursuing additional research and data analysis; including jurisdictional best practices/approaches, and
- consulting with internal and external stakeholders.
The City hosted five public consultations, facilitated by a public consultation firm, from January – February, 2019.