Noise (By-law No. 2004-253)

The City of Ottawa regulates noise through the Noise By-law (By-law No. 2004-253). It is in the public interest to reduce the noise level in the City of Ottawa, so as to preserve, protect and promote public health, safety, welfare, and peace and quiet for the inhabitants of the City.


The following would be considered violations under the by-law:

  • Ringing a bell, sounding of any horn, or shouting in a manner likely to disturb others (with some exemptions such as for places of worship).
  • Running equipment such as air conditioners, heat pumps, compressors, exhaust systems, and similar devices with noise exceeding 50 decibels when measured at the point of reception.
  • Using power equipment such as chainsaws, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, tools and similar devices between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays).
  • Operating musical instruments, radios, TVs, stereos and similar devices between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Saturday; noon (12 p.m.) on Sunday and statutory holidays), that disturbs others.

The Chief of By-law Services may grant an exemption for special events or construction work.

View the entire by-law:

Noise By-law (By-law No. 2004-253)

Report an issue:


Due to the sensitivity and urgent nature of noise complaints, they are not currently available on-line.

Please call 311 to report a noise complaint.


  • 3-1-1
  • (613) 580-2400
  • 1 (866) 261-9799
  • (613) 580-2401 (TTY)

In Person:

Visit one of the ServiceOttawa Client Service Centres


By-laws contained in this section have been prepared for reference purposes only. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information; however it is not to be used in place of actual by-laws.

Actual by-laws can be obtained at the following locations: 

City Archives
James Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Dr. (Corner of Woodroffe)
Ottawa, Ontario
tel.: 613-580-2857
fax : 613-580-2614

Ottawa Public Library
120 Metcalfe, Ottawa Room