Noise Issues

All residents are entitled to a peaceful lifestyle.

Noise By-law 2008-098 regulates noise to minimize noisy disturbances in your neighbourhood. Details can be found in the noise by-law.

Some examples of noise that are not allowed include persistant dog barking, construction noise or amplified sound.

Noise Exemption Permits

There may be times where you want noise to exceed or extend beyond regulations as a part of an event or construction project.

Exemptions to the by-law may be permitted through a noise exemption application process which requires the applicant to submit a noise exemption application.

The application process requires that a notification be sent to all residents within 120 metres of the location. A mapping tool is available to assist with identifying the addresses by following these easy steps.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Town of Oakville at least 30 days prior to the event or construction project.

Construction Noise

Construction Noise

Motorcycle noise

Motorcycle noise

Nuisance noise

Nuisance noise

By-law enforcement

By-law enforcement

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I lodge a noise complaint?

Register a complaint with ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or email

Please be prepared to provide a brief description of your concern including the address of concern, business name (if applicable), and your contact information including your name, address and telephone number or email address.

What time is construction noise permitted?

Noise from construction is permitted Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Construction noise is not allowed on Sundays and statutory holidays. For more information visit our Construction Noise page.

Can I play my stereo outside in my yard?

Yes, however, stereo/music noise clearly audible from a neighbouring property is not permitted from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Sundays). At all other times noise exceeding 45 decibels (dBA) measured inside of another home may be a violation of the noise by-law.

My neighbours dog won’t stop barking what can I do?

Persistent noise from a barking dog is prohibited at all times. Please see our Nuisance Noise page for more information.

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 at 905-825-4747.

Contact Us

For more information, or to file a noise or nuisance complaint, contact ServiceOakville:

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