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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. 

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

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
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Tuesday, Thursday

See when your queue number is called

Transit nearby

  • Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
  • 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses

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

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form (60 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.


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 $185
Four days or less before your proposed activity $368

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.