Mechanical equipment

Commercial air conditioning unit on roof of building

Mechanical equipment includes such things as:

  • Exhaust fans and vents
  • Air conditioning units
  • Heating systems and heat pumps

Equipment requirements

Since this equipment is often installed on walls and roofs, it must be placed in a location that will not cause excess noise for neighbours. As well, mechanical equipment needs to be regularly maintained to work efficiently and quietly. 

Maximum allowed noise

Depending on the location in the City – and the time of day or night – there are noise limits. An inspector will take a noise reading if you feel the noise is excessive.

Day of the week 55-70 decibels 45-65 decibels
Monday to Saturday 7:00am – 10:00pm 10:00pm – 7:00am
Sundays and holidays 10:00am – 10:00pm 10:00pm – 10:00am 

Read the bylaw

Noise Control Bylaw

Regulates noise or sound within the City of Vancouver.

Have a noise concern?

Report noise issues online