Noise complaints and exemptions

The city's noise bylaw limits excessive noise. Make a noise complaint. Apply for a noise bylaw exemption. Review current exemptions and applications.

On this page

  1. General rules from the noise bylaw
  2. Make a noise complaint
  3. Apply for a noise exemption
  4. Approved exemptions
  5. Exemption applications

General rules from the noise bylaw

The city's noise bylaw sets out standards for different types of noise. The rules include:

  • no yelling, shouting, and loud voices from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Sundays)
  • no residential renovation noise from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Sundays)
  • no commercial construction noise from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (all day on Sundays and holidays)

Make a noise complaint

To request enforcement, call 519-747-8785.

If the noise is taking place on a university campus, call:


Apply for a noise exemption

The city will only approve noise exemptions for up to 6 months.

  1. Download and complete a noise exemption application (PDF).
  2. We also require a site plan with every application that outlines where noise will be coming from and the distance to the nearest residential property.
  3. Submit forms in person at city hall at least 60 days before the exemption is requested to begin.
  4. Pay the $398.22 fee. We accept cash, debit, credit, cheque or money order (payable to the City of Waterloo).

To find out if you need a noise exemption, contact us at 519-747-87851-866-786-3941 (TTY) or municipalenforcement@waterloo.ca


Approved exemptions

Find information about approved noise bylaw exemptions below.

194 Erb Street West from October 30 2023 to March 30 2024
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Time: 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Request: To permit construction noise from concrete finishing, limited to interior work

Condition of approval: Noise is only permitted one day per week with advanced notice provided to the City

Next approved date: February 26, 2024 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 


Exemption applications

The below noise exemption applications are currently under review. You can provide feedback on them before the date listed with each application.


Provide feedback on a noise exemption application

We review public feedback on all noise exemption applications before making a decision. Submit your feedback by the date listed for each application: