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Vehicle noise, including noise from a vehicle's stereo, on public property falls under the Traffic Bylaw.

Vehicle noise, including noise from a vehicle's stereo, on private property falls under the Community Standards Bylaw.

Any vehicle in motion emitting noise measured at 96 decibels or more by a sound pressure level meter is “objectionable noise” and is in contravention of the Traffic Bylaw.

Filing a complaint


If you know of a noise bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary), use the 311 app or online below.

If the noise is caused by a criminal activity, call the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234 or if it is related to an emergency, dial 911.

To help us respond faster, please be ready with the following information:

  • Your name and address.
  • A primary and alternate phone number.
  • The address and exact location of the property for which you wish to register a complaint.
  • A brief and concise description of the complaint.

This information will remain confidential. No anonymous complaints will be accepted - you must identify yourself with the 311 service representative.

Learn more about filing a bylaw complaint and the process

Related bylaws


The City of Calgary regulates noise through the Community Standards Bylaw under sections 26-39. Traffic and vehicle noise are regulated under the Traffic Bylaw.

This page is an overview of these regulations. Please refer to the actual bylaws for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

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