Everyday noise from people, stereos, and more

People at a party

City noise can sometimes be too much: really loud late night parties, or even kids just being kids.

The Noise Control Bylaw tries to balance most activities in a way that respects everyone's right to relative comfort, within reason.

The bylaw covers noise from:  But not from:
  • Carpet-cleaning equipment within vehicles
  • Lawn mowers and weed eaters
  • Parties
  • Music stereos, TVs, radios, and instruments
  • People shouting
  • Pressure washers
  • Children playing
  • Church bells 
  • Heavy walking
  • People moving furniture
  • Slamming doors
  • Wind chimes

Read the bylaw

Noise Control Bylaw

Regulates noise or sound within the City of Vancouver.

Have a noise concern?

You can tell the City about most noise issues online.

Tell us online

Get help after hours

If the City helps with your noise issue (see the table at left) and today is a:

  • Weekday after 4:30pm
  • Weekend anytime
  • Holiday anytime

then contact the Vancouver Police Department at their non-emergency number. The Police assist with noise concerns, when resources are available.

Vancouver Police