PLEASE NOTE: Noise exemption applications must be received by the Compliance and Licensing Section a minimum of 8 weeks before the event date. No exceptions will be considered.
What is an Application for a Noise Exemption?
An application for a noise exemption is a process by which a person or organization who wishes to hold an event that includes noise, may be exempt from the provisions of the Noise Control By-law 360-79, as amended, pursuant to the requirements of Section 7 of the By-law:
The Commissioner of Transportation and Works or his or her designate, may grant an exemption, in whole or in part, with terms and conditions, subject to the provisions of this By-law.
Section 3 of the By-law states that:
"No person shall emit or cause or permit the emission of sound resulting from any act in Schedule 1 to this by-law and which sound is clearly audible at a point of reception."
Section 4 of the By-law states that:
"No person shall emit or cause or permit the emission of sound resulting from any act listed in Column 1 to Schedule 2 to this by-law, if clearly audible at a point of reception located in a residential area or quiet zone within a prohibited period of time for such an area as set out in Column 2 to Schedule 2 to this By-law".
For a complete list of the types of regulated noises and their prohibited times, please refer to Schedules 1 and 2 of the Noise Control By-law 360-79, as amended. A list of exempt events is also available under Schedule 3 of this By-law.
Do I Need a Noise Exemption?
- If you are holding an event which will involve the use of any sound system, live bands, singing, music, amplified sound or vibration earlier than 7:00 a.m. and later then 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and no earlier than 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays within the City of Mississauga, you will need to apply for a noise exemption in order to emit, cause or permit the emission of sound resulting from your planned activity or event.
- If you are a construction company and wish to operate any construction equipment in connection with any construction project, please note that the Noise Control By-law 360-79, as amended, prohibits all construction noise earlier than 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. Construction noise is prohibited all day Sundays and on statutory holidays. For any work causing construction noise beyond these hours on prohibited days, a noise exemption will be required.
- If you are a community charity or organization then please contact your Community Liaison Officer who will assist you in the completion of the noise exemption application form. Call the Customer Service Centre at 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours from 7:00 p.m - 7:00 a.m. and weekends and holidays, please dial 905-615-3000.
How to Apply for a Noise Exemption
Access a copy of the noise exemption application available at the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement offices or using the form provided online. Fill in the application form and include the following information:
- The applicant's name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
- Municipal address where the source of the noise will come from
- The date(s) of the event
- The duration and time(s) of the event
- A detailed description of the source of sound or vibration in respect to which the exemption is being sought. For instance, the source of sound could be rock music, for sporadic announcements to be made or to play jazz music with the use of an amplified sound system and speakers. Be specific.
- A statement of the particular provisions of the By-law from which the exemption is being sought
- The reasons why the exemption is being sought
- The name of the Community Liaison Officer who is handling your application, if applicable
You can send your completed application form with a fee of $212.00 plus HST (effective Jan 1, 2017) payable to the City of Mississauga in the form of a cheque or money order. Please do not mail cash.
- Mail to: Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Section, Ground Floor, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 3C1
Once the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Section is in receipt of your application, the application will be verified that it has been completed properly. If not, it shall be returned to you for corrections.
Please take note: The application must be received by the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Section a minimum of eight (8) weeks before the event date. No exceptions will be considered.
The next step is to circulate a Public Notice of the application to the local residents, who could be affected by the noise aspect of your event. The public notice is developed by Compliance and Licensing staff and will be forwarded to you along with a map detailing the area of circulation.
A notice of circulation may be made:
- Via a Canada Post mailing to all assessed property owners within 500 m (1,640 ft) radius from the event location at least eight (8) weeks before the date the event is to take place.
- Direct door to door hand delivery to all assessed property owners within 500 m (1,640 ft) from the event location at least eight (8) weeks before the date the event is to take place. Compliance and Licensing staff will confirm, through random checks that the Notice has been circulated.
- Publication in a newspaper of general circulation for two (2) consecutive days in the proceeding ten (10) days at least eight (8) weeks before the date of the event.
What Happens Now?
A two (2) week window is given for residents to respond to the Notice of Circulation. They may contact the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Section to voice, write or email their concerns, objections or comments about their event. Their feedback is included a staff report regarding your application. This report will provide comments on the merits of the application and recommendations of any terms and conditions which are suggested.
When deciding to grant the exemption, the Commissioner and the Area Ward Councillor will consider the application and any oral or written feedback received from the public. They will then decide whether the application will be granted or refused. If the exemption is granted, the applicant will be provided with a letter outlining what has been approved including any terms and conditions as deemed necessary.
A breach of the application of any of the terms and conditions imposed by staff by granting an exemption shall immediately render the exemption null and void.
This information is for convenience and quick reference only. For specific information or to register a complaint contact the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement Section by dialling 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and weekends and holidays, please dial 905 615-3000.
Please Refer to the Noise Control By-Law.