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:

  • special events
  • events in parks
  • construction that extends beyond permitted hours

NOTE: Starting October 1, continuous concrete pouring and large crane work will no longer be exempt from the Noise Bylaw. Organizations that wish to undertake this work beyond the permitted hours will need to apply for a Noise Exemption Permit. More information is available in the “Additional Information for Construction Industry” section below.

Applications for a noise exemption permit should be submitted a minimum of three weeks before your event.

There are three Municipal Licensing & Standards district offices that can accept your noise exemption application in person. To determine which office serves your area, search for your ward. Otherwise, you may contact 311 for assistance.

District Offices

Central District
433 Eastern Avenue, Building B, 1st floor
Toronto, ON M4M 1B7
Email Address: MLSTorontoEastYork@toronto.ca
Telephone: 416-397-4150
Wards Served: 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19

West District
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, The North Block, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
Email Address: MLSEtobicokeYork@toronto.ca
Telephone: 416-397-4150
Wards Served: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

East District
1530 Markham Road, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M1B 3G4
Email Address: MLSScarborough@toronto.ca
Telephone: 416-397-4150
Wards Served: 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

To apply for a Noise Exemption Permit, applicants must submit the following a minimum of three weeks before an event:

  • A completed Noise Exemption Application form
  • A site plan that is no larger than legal size (8.5″ x 14″). It must include the location of all noise sources, i.e. generators, speakers
  • $100 application fee

$100 application fee

Noise Monitoring Fee

During review of an application, Municipal Licensing and Standards may determine that noise monitoring is required.

Monitoring is done by a Bylaw Enforcement Officer. The monitoring fee is $60 per hour per officer, plus applicable taxes. Events occurring after 7 p.m. may require two officers.

Applicants will be advised if this is a requirement, and payment must be received before a permit will be issued.

Method of Payment

Payment for applications submitted by email or mail can be made by cheque or money order. Please make them payable to “City of Toronto Treasurer”.

All offices accept cash, cheque and money orders. The office at 433 Eastern Avenue also accepts Visa, MasterCard and debit.

  • Exemption requests are sent to the local councilor for approval
  • Councillors have 14 days to review an application.
  • If they do not respond within 14 days, the permit will be approved.
  • If an application is denied, applicants can appeal within 14 days of the decision to their local Community Council.
  • Depending on the location of your event, you may require additional permits or approvals, such as a parks permit or a road closure permit.

For current projects

  • Projects that will be completed by December 31, 2019, and have existing building permits do not need to obtain a continuous pour and crane exemption permit.
  • Projects that will be completed by December 31, 2019 and have received a noise exemption permit do not need to resubmit their application.
  • Projects that will continue into 2020 need to apply for noise exemption permits, including permits for continuous concrete pouring and large crane work. Please apply for these permits as soon as possible after October 1, 2019.

For projects without existing exemption permits

  • Projects will need to comply with the new Noise Bylaw and the new exemption permit process, including continuous pour and crane exemption permits.
  • If you are granted a Noise Exemption Permit after October 1, 2019, Municipal Licensing and Standards may also request:
    • Noise monitoring
    • Noise mitigation plans
    • Statement certified by a professional engineer or acoustical consultant for any sounds that are not technically or operationally feasible to control.

This page will be updated with more information, an updated application form and new templates. In the meantime, contact mlsfeedback@toronto.ca if you have any questions.