Learn the limits when making noise

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Noise is part of urban life, but too much noise is disruptive and harmful. How much noise is too much? The City of Vancouver’s Noise Control Bylaw defines how much noise is acceptable, based on:

  • Where you are.
  • Where the noise is coming from.
  • What is making the noise.
  • What time and day the noise is occurring.

View the Noise Control Bylaw  

 

For the purposes of noise control and bylaw enforcement, noise is categorized into different categories. The guidelines around noise issues vary for each category.

Noise from specific sources

Example of busking in Vancouver

Busking and street entertainment

Did you know that amplified sound for street entertainment is limited to certain conditions? Learn the rules around noise creation when busking on the street.

Moving truck

Commercial deliveries

Learn the rules around commercial deliveries.

Backhoe

Construction

Learn about noise control rules related to construction projects.

The Animal Control Bylaw does not allow barking dogs to unduly (excessively) bother someone at any time of day.

Barking dogs

The Animal Control Bylaw does not allow barking dogs to excessively bother someone at any time of day. Learn how to report excessive barking to the City.

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Filming

Filming guidelines allow filming activity to take place in Vancouver during certain hours. Learn when you are allowed to film in Vancouver.

Leaf blower

Leaf blowers

What types of leaf blowers are allowed in Vancouver and when they can be used. Leaf blowers cannot be operated in the West End.

Commercial air conditioning unit on roof of building

Mechanical equipment

Find the maximum allowable noise range the City of Vancouver allows for mechanical equipment. If you think equipment is too loud, ask for a noise reading.

People at a party

People, stereos, yard care, and more

The City finds a balance regulating noise from parties, music, and people shouting, but not from children playing or slamming doors.

Lawnmower

Power equipment

Find the maximum allowable noise range the City of Vancouver allows for power equipment. If you think equipment is too loud, ask for a noise reading.

Report missed waste pickups by the City of Vancouver

Private garbage and recycling trucks

The City of Vancouver has restricted garbage and recycling pickups by waste haulers to certain times in order to limit noise. Learn more.

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Pubs, clubs, restaurants, and cafés

Find out how much noise a pub, club, restaurant, or café may make before it is breaching the City of Vancouver's Noise Bylaw.

Busking and street entertainmentCommercial deliveriesConstructionBarking dogsFilmingLeaf blowersMechanical equipmentPeople, stereos, yard care, and morePower equipmentPrivate garbage and recycling trucksPubs, clubs, restaurants, and cafés