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 May 2 2024 to June 30 2024
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Time: 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on approved days

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: May 16

Note: Approval dates are weather dependent

Red River/Bolingbrook Park on June 22 2024
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Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Request: To permit the detonation of fireworks

Edna Staebler Public School on May 30 2024
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Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Request: To permit the amplification of noise from electronic device(s)


Exemption applications

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

75 University Avenue on September 5 2024

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Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Request: To permit the amplification of noise from electronic device(s)

Feedback deadline: May 31, 2024

Note: This is a Wilfrid Laurier University sanctioned event

196 Sunview Street on September 6 2024

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Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Request: To permit the amplification of noise from electronic device(s)

Feedback deadline: May 31, 2024

Note: This is a Wilfrid Laurier University sanctioned event

 2001 University Avenue East from August 23 to 25 2024

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Event: Waterloo Ribfest

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Request: To permit the amplification of noise from electronic device(s) and equipment

Feedback deadline: July 26, 2024


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: