Noise & Nuisance Issues

MotorcycleAll residents are entitled to a peaceful lifestyle.

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 which are not allowed:

  • constant dog barking
  • loud stereo or musical equipment being played continually
  • construction equipment operating during certain time periods
  • excessive motorcycle noise

Exemptions to the noise by-law may be requested by filling out the application for an exemption (pdf, 162 kB) and submitting it to the By-law Services section of the Clerk’s department.

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

Motorcycle noise level testing clinic returns to Town Hall on May 24

Under the by-law, motorcycles cannot operate in Oakville if it emits any sound exceeding 92 decibels (dBA) from the exhaust at idle.
The Town of Oakville will be holding a noise testing clinic to give owners a chance to test their motorcycles for decibel levels, free of charge.

Sunday, May 24
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Town Hall — Main Parking Lot, 1225 Trafalgar Road

This clinic is designed to both check bikes for excessive noise emissions, and to provide information about how to bring them up to industry and community standards. Decibel readings will be taken at a distance of 50 centimetres from the exhaust by a sound level meter.

Most motorcycles do pass!

Owners should only be concerned if their motorcycle has been modified or has an after-market exhaust system. Motorcycle owners whose bikes are not compliant with the Town of Oakville Noise By-law will not be issued a ticket at testing clinics, however enforcement is in effect over the course of the riding season.
For more information please contact Marny Sharpen, Licensing and By-Law Services at 905-845-6601, ext. 2902 or


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.

For more information, email the Supervisor of Licensing and By-law Enforcement at or phone at 905-845-6601, ext. 3256.

To file a noise or nuisance complaint, contact By-law Services at or 905-815-2010, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.