Noise

If you are experiencing excess noise, please call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca.

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

Since 2013, through my motion to City Council, the noise by-law underwent extensive review, and research. Policy staff conducted consultations with resident groups, industry and Public Health professionals to provide recommendations to amend the city's noise by-law. Noise pollution has an impact on all of our lives and remains an issue of Public Health.

Also, Toronto Public Health in collaboration with Ryerson University has conducted a study on noise levels in the City of Toronto. The goal of the study is to characterize noise level exposures among Toronto’s residents. Outcomes of the study will be used to identify and address general and specific noise situations where potential health impacts are present and are used to inform the current Noise Bylaw review. This report was presented to the Board of Health, and it may prove helpful in bringing about requirements for noise mitigation measures at construction sites.

Read Toronto Public Health's How Loud is Too Loud? Health Impacts of Environmental Noise in Toronto report.

Noise By-Law Proposed Amendments
City Council adopted this item on April 16, 2019 with amendments.

Noise By-Law Vehicle Noise
Noise By-law Review - Additional Instructions Regarding Vehicle Noise motion


Motorcycle Noise
Motorcycle noise is an increasing issue in Toronto. Vehicle noise is governed under the Provincial Highway Traffic Act and therefore, under the purview of the Toronto Police Service and the OPP. Municipal Bylaw Enforcement officers do not have the legal authority to lay charges and fines under the act.

Here is a link to the highway Traffic Act

Toronto Police Services has the legal authority, training, and equipment to pull over vehicles and lay appropriate charges and fines. Engagement with local residents is an important way for police to gain an understanding of where activity is taking place. We encourage residents to contact their local Community Response Unit Manager in order to make their policing priorities known.

51 Division (South of Bloor, east of Yonge Street): Staff Sergeant Peter Troup, (416) 808-5152
52 Division (South of Bloor, west of Yonge Street): Staff Sergeant Anthony Coscarella, 416-808-5819

 

Phone: 416-392-7903
Constituency Office: 100 Queen St W A5, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2