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