The Town of Oakville's noise and nuisance by-laws aim to minimize disturbances in your neighbourhood and regulate or prohibit activities that may reasonably prevent you or your neighbours from enjoying your own properties.
Failure to comply with the Noise By-law 2008-098 and/or Nuisance By-law 2007-143 can result in fines being issued by Enforcement Services officers.
Nuisance activities include but are not limited to:
Prohibited noises include but are not limited to:
If the noise you are concerned about occurs regularly, consider keeping a sound log which records information such as:
All entries should be made at the time the noise is heard, handwritten in blue or black ink. Keeping track of this information can help Enforcement Services perform a thorough investigation related to your concerns. Download a sample sound log (pdf).
Exemptions to the by-law may be permitted through the noise exemption application process. A noise exemption application may be considered to allow noise beyond permitted hours for construction, community or life events.
Complete a noise exemption application.
The application process requires that the applicant send a notification to all residents within 120 metres of the location. A notification mapping tool is available to assist with identifying the addresses.
Please note that completed applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event or construction project.