Road construction

Noise from construction

Construction is a necessary—but often noisy—part of a growing and vibrant Vancouver.

Construction can take place at any time, so long as the noise does not affect others.

The Noise Control Bylaw specifies the hours and days when you can make construction-related noise. 

What is construction?

Construction means any work involving:

  • Putting up, maintaining, altering, moving, and taking down a building
  • Clearing, excavating, and grading land
  • Laying pipes and conduits
  • Building a street
  • Bringing, changing, and removing materials and equipment

When you can make construction-related noise

Day On private property On city streets, lanes, and boulevards
Monday to Friday 7:30am - 8pm 7am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm 7am - 8pm
Sunday No construction-related noise permitted 10am - 8pm
Holiday (day of) No construction-related noise permitted 10am - 8pm

 Outside of these hours, construction noise is only allowed with a noise bylaw exception permit.

What is a holiday?

Holidays include:

  • New Year's Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • BC Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Additional holidays may be set by the BC Legislature, Lieutenant Governor of BC, Canadian Parliament, or the Governor General of Canada.

List and dates of statutory holidays in BC

Noise Control Bylaw

Regulates noise: construction, garbage/recycling trucks, carpet cleaning trucks, leaf blowers, animals, people, and more.

Noise bylaw exception permit

A noise bylaw exception permit allows construction outside of the specified hours. Download the form, view the bylaw, find the fees, and more.