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Noise bylaw exception permit

Most construction activities can take place at any time. However, noisy construction activities can only take place during specific times, under the Noise Control Bylaw.

If you need to do noisy construction activities outside of the allowed times, you will need to get a noise bylaw exception permit. 

Apply now for permits and extensions over the winter holidays

Do you need a noise bylaw exception permit or permit extension between December 22, 2017, and January 8, 2018?

The deadline to apply is noon, December 14, 2017. We will be closed from 2:30pm, December 22nd, 2017, until 8:30am, January 2, 2018.

When you can make construction-related noise

Day of the week Private property City streets, lanes, and boulevards
Monday to Friday 7:30am -8:00pm 7:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm 7:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday No construction-related noise permitted 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holidays (actual) No construction-related noise permitted 10:00am - 8:00pm

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

What is a holiday?

A ‘holiday’ includes:

  • 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.

 See a list of statutory holidays in BC 2015 to 2018

Contact us about your noise bylaw exception permit

Phone
3-1-1

Fax
604-871-6394

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form (80 KB).
  2. Email, fax, or bring in person your application form to the contact on this page at least five business days before the date of construction.
  3. If your permit is approved, the noise bylaw exemption will be valid for the dates indicated on your permit application form.

Need more time for your noisy activity?

If you need to extend your noise bylaw exception permit, you must reapply for a new one and pay the application fee.

Fees

Save money: apply for your permit as early as possible. The permit fee is based on how many days before your proposed activity you apply.

 

When we receive your application Permit fee 
Five days or more before your proposed activity $151.00 
Four days or less before your proposed activity $302.00 

You pay for the permit when you apply for it. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit, or credit card. The permit fee is non-refundable.