Our noise bylaw is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please limit excessive noise and be considerate of your neighbours.

Make a complaint

On this page:

  1. Noise bylaw
  2. Construction noise
  3. Noise complaints
  4. Apply for a noise exemption
  5. Approved exemptions

Noise bylaw

Our noise bylaw is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The bylaw limits excessive noise, including: 

  • yelling 
  • loud music, radio or TV 
  • other unusual noise 

City council may grant events exemption from our noise bylaws. Noise exemptions last until 11 p.m. Check the list of approved noise exemptions.

Read our full noise bylaw.

Construction noise

Construction noise is allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Noise complaints

To make a noise complaint, call the Waterloo Regional Police Services non-emergency line at 519-570-9777.

Apply for a noise exemption

Apply for an exemption if you’re hosting a small private event like a barbecue, wedding or other party that might have excessive noise. Please allow for seven to 10 days for processing. Based on council policy, we can approve noise exemptions until 11 p.m.

For large scale events, please send us an email to apply for a noise exemption through the director of bylaw enforcement.

Approved exemptions

Construction noise

Sediment Cleanup - Sandrock Greenway/Royal Orchard Drive
City of Kitchener, for their sediment cleanup along Sandrock Greenway /Royal Orchard Dr area starting from 4:00 p.m. September 16, 2022 until 8:00 p.m. September 20, 2022.
Wash Sessions - Downtown Sidewalks

The City of Kitchener and their contractor, Wash Worx Mobile Solutions Inc to complete the power washing of sidewalks 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Sidewalks and granite planters on King Street (from Francis St to Cedar St), Lot 9 Moloks

Tentative dates are below for the season:

  • April 25 – May 6 – Francis St to Cedar St, City Hall Entrance, Moloks
  • June 20 -July 1 – Francis St to Cedar St,  Moloks (most be complete before July 7 (cruising on king event)
  • July 25 – July 29 – College St to Frederick St, Moloks (most be complete before Aug. 4 (blues festival)
  • Aug 29 - Sept 2- College St to Frederick St, Moloks
  • September 26 – Oct 6 – Francis St to Cedar St, Moloks, Queen St. (must be complete before Oct.7th (Oktoberfest)

The BIA has been notified and will inform Downtown residents and businesses. Economic Development will be sending out messages on Social Media in advance for notifications.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie Brasseur or Rick Farwell 519-741-2600, ext. 4171 rick.farwell@kitchener.ca.

Special events

There are currently no approved noise exemptions for special events.