Information About the Noise By-law

This brochure has been prepared as a reference guide to the City of Ottawa Noise By-law No. 2004 253. For precise wording and a complete record of regulatory provisions, please refer to the official by-law.

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

ALARMS, BELLS, HORNS, SHOUTING

Ringing a bell, blowing a horn or shouting in a manner that disturbs inhabitants of the City. (Exempt - Ringing of bells in connection with a religious service.)

EQUIPMENT

Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Compressors, Condensers, Chillers, Cooling Towers, Exhaust Fan, Exhaust Systems, Intake Fan Generators, Commercial Dryer Pumps, Filtration Systems and similar devices
Noise exceeding 50 dBA when measured at the point of reception (a portable generator in an emergency situation would be exempt).

CONSTRUCTION and REPAIR

Operating vehicles or equipment in connection with the construction of any building, structure, highway, or motorcar after 10 p.m. and before 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Sunday and stat holidays).

LOADING and UNLOADING

From a motor vehicle after 11 p.m. and before 7 a.m., if the noise from such activity is disturbing to inhabitants.

DELIVERIES

From a motor vehicle after 11 p.m. and before 7 a.m., if the noise from such activity is disturbing to inhabitants.

VEHICLE NOISES

Idling
Idling in excess of five minutes; with exemptions for necessary cargo or passenger health and safety.

Muffler
Discharging exhaust from a motor vehicle without a muffler to prevent loud and explosive noise.

Unnecessary Noise
Causing unnecessary vehicle noise such as sounding the horn, revving the engine or squealing the tires.

POWER EQUIPMENT

Chainsaws, Power Lawn Mowers, Leaf Blowers, Power Tools and similar devices
Operating power equipment after 9 p.m. and before 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and stat holidays).

REFUSE COLLECTION

Operating refuse compacting equipment or solid waste bulk lift equipment after 11 p.m. and before 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on a Sunday or stat holiday), if the activity is disturbing to inhabitants.

SOUND REPRODUCTION DEVICES

Includes; musical instruments, radios, televisions, stereos and similar devices
Operating such a device after 11 p.m. and before 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Saturday; noon on Sunday and stat holidays), that disturbs a person in a residence or at a place of business.

Operating a sound reproduction device in a residence between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. that exceeds 45 dBA when measured in a dwelling within the same residence, or 55 dBA when measured at or inside the property line of the person disturbed.

Operating a sound reproduction device in connection with a commercial establishment between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. that exceeds 45 dBA when measured in a business or residence.

TO REPORT A NOISE VIOLATION: Call City Services at 311. TTY 613-580-2401

PENALTY
Fines range from $305 to $5,000.