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Major events that will create noise or sound levels in excess of those permitted under the Community Standards Bylaw 32M2023 must apply for a noise exemption permit.

"Major Event” means any outdoor concert, festival, sporting event, performance, attraction, revival or other event, for which either at least 5,000 tickets are available for paid admission or 5,000 or more people can be accommodated if there is no admission charge.

When you apply for a noise exemption permit for your major event, please keep the following in mind:

  • The Chief Bylaw Officer may require the applicant to provide public notice of the application in a manner directed by the Chief Bylaw Officer, which may include posting, media advertising or direct notice.
  • As soon as practicable after deciding on an application, the Chief Bylaw Officer shall advise all parties who have requested of the Chief Bylaw Officer that they be notified of his decision.
  • Any approval of an application under Section 36 for a Major Event may be appealed by an affected person to the Community Standards Appeal Board within 14 days of the date of approval.
  • If no appeal is filed within 14 days of the date of approval, the temporary permit may be issued.
  • Any rejection of an application under Section 36 for a Major Event may be appealed by the applicant to the Community Standards Appeal Board within 14 days of the date of the rejection decision.
  • An appeal to the Community Standards Appeal Board pursuant to this Section shall be filed in the same manner as an appeal of a Remedial Order as set out in Section 4 of the Community Standards Bylaw.
  • If an appeal is filed pursuant to this Section, the Community Standards Appeal Board shall hear the application within 30 days, or at their next meeting, whichever is sooner.
  • The Community Standards Appeal Board may determine its own procedure for a hearing pursuant to this Section, and may reverse, vacate, confirm or vary the approval or conditions thereof made by the Chief Bylaw Officer, and its decision is final.

Noise during the Calgary Stampede

During the period of the Calgary Stampede, the activities of The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd. are exempt from the noise restrictions outlined under the Community Standards Bylaw.

During the Stampede period, you may not operate an outdoor speaker system within 150 metres of a residential development between midnight and 7 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Please view the non-residential page for more details.


To contact Animal & Bylaw Services for general information, questions or to report a bylaw infraction, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).

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