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Noise in non-residential developments

In Calgary, citizens have the right to not be disturbed by noise and have the responsibility to not make noise that disturbs others.

  • Noise can include, but is not limited to, yelling, shouting, loud music, horns, power tools and air conditioners.

What does the noise regulation mean for you?

  • No person shall cause or permit to be caused a continuous or non-continuous sound that exceeds 85 decibels (dBA) measured over a one (1) hour period during the day-time (7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays) and night-time.
  • No person shall operate an outdoor speaker system on a parcel where a property line of the parcel is within 150 metres of a residential development during the period beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 7 a.m. the following day except during the Calgary Stampede.

Fines for violations of these regulations range between $50 and $200.

Related bylaws

The City of Calgary regulates noise through the Community Standards Bylaw 5M2004. This is an overview of these regulations. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

Eligible applicants may apply for a Noise Exemption Permit.

If the noise is caused by traffic please refer to the Traffic Bylaw 26M96.

Filing a complaint

How to file a complaint and what happens to it

To report a violation please:

  • Call Calgary Police Service at (403) 266-1234 if the noise is caused by criminal activity.
  • If the noise is not caused by criminal activity call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).

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