City of Toronto’s construction noise regulations back in effect today as provincial regulations expire

Today, the provincial regulations that limited the City of Toronto's ability to regulate construction noise during the COVID-19 pandemic expire. Effective today, regulations in the City’s Noise Bylaw, as it relates to construction activity, will apply again and construction noise will not be permitted from:

  • 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. of the next day, except until 9 a.m. on Saturdays
  • All day Sundays and statutory holidays

In April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Province of Ontario introduced Ontario Regulation 130/20, which removed the City's authority to regulate or prohibit construction noise during certain time periods. Under this regulation, noise from construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector was permitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Noise from other construction activity was permitted from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information about the City's Noise Bylaw is available at: www.toronto.ca/Noise.

Information about Noise Exemption Permits for construction noise required outside the allowable hours, including for continuous concrete pouring and large crane work, is available at www.toronto.ca/NoiseExemption

Toronto is a growing, vibrant city, where noise can be common. Residents who have a concern with noise, may call 311 to submit a service request. Government work including construction, rehabilitation or maintenance work conducted by the City, the Province or the Government of Canada, or work needed to respond to an emergency is exempt from the Noise Bylaw.

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