Noise Bylaw

The City of Nanaimo Noise Control Bylaw 1994 No. 4750 regulates or prohibits making or causing noises or sounds that disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the neighbourhood or persons in the vicinity.

See the Noise Control Bylaw 1994 No. 4750

The most common complaints we receive in the Bylaw, Regulation and Security Division include barking dogs, loud music and noise caused by construction activity.

Council considers the acts listed below as disturbing to individuals or the public:

  • Harbouring or keeping any animal or bird which persistently cries, barks or howls.
  • Playing or operating any radio, stereophonic equipment, television receiving set or other instrument or any apparatus for the production or amplification of sound, where the noise is audible at a point of reception in a residential area between the hours of 11:00 pm and 9:00 am the following day.
  • Erecting, demolishing, constructing, reconstructing, altering or repairing of any building or other structure within the Municipality or the excavating of any street, highway, lane or other land before 7:00 am or after 9:00 pm, Monday to Saturday and before 9:00 am or after 9:00 pm on Sundays or Statutory Holidays.

Depending on the nature of the complaint, a Bylaw Enforcement Officer may be dispatched to the site of the noise or a letter may be sent to a property owner, individual or company that is alleged to be causing the noise advising them of the complaint and Bylaw regulations. Failure to comply with regulations may result in the issuance of a Bylaw ticket. If a Bylaw ticket is issued, the offender may dispute the allegation and appear at an Adjudication Hearing held at the City Service and Resource Centre.

Should you wish to report a disturbing noise, please contact us at:

Bylaw Information 250-755-4422 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm weekdays

For noise complaints AFTER 4:30 pm weekdays and on weekends/holidays, please contact:

Nanaimo RCMP Detachment 303 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia
250-754-2345 (Non-Emergency)

Last updated: October 1, 2021

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