Noise & Nuisance Issues

MotorcycleAll residents are entitled to a peaceful lifestyle.

Noise By-law

Noise By-law 2008-098 regulates noise and attempts to minimize noisy disturbances in your neighbourhood, especially during certain time periods.  Access the search results for the noise by-law.

Some examples of noise that are not allowed include constant dog barking and loud stereo or musical equipment being played continually.

Other examples of noise:

Construction Noise

Noise from construction is generally permitted during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (excluding Sundays and Statutory Holidays). There are situations where times may vary, please refer to Schedule 2 of By-law 2008-098 for details.

Excessive Motorcycle Noise

Under the by-law, motorcycles cannot operate in Oakville if it emits any sound exceeding 92 decibels (dBA) from exhaust at idle.

Noise By-law Exemptions

Exemptions to the noise by-law may be requested by filling out the application for a noise exemption (pdf, 256 kb) and submitting it to the By-law Services section of the Clerk’s department.

Nuisance By-law

Nuisance By-law 2007-143 regulates activities at one property that keeps someone from enjoying themselves on another property. These activities may include:

  • creating vibrations
  • putting smoke, dust, objectionable odours or other waste into the air
  • shining lights directly from one property into another property

Access the search results for the nuisance by-law.

Contact Oakville By-law Services

For more information, or to file a noise or nuisance complaint, contact By-law Services:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Halton Regional Police

Disturbances resulting from fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing, loud parties and use of rude language should be directed to Halton Regional Police Services.