The Town of East Gwillimbury's Noise Control By-law regulates the amount of noise and the times of day noise can occur within the Town. The purpose of the by-law is to preserve and protect reasonable peace and quite while at home to protect them from unreasonable or unnecessary noise.

It prevents people and businesses from causing excessive noise, at any time, which is likely to disturb the quiet, rest, comfort or convenience of the inhabitants of the Town of East Gwillimbury.

Sound reproduction or amplification devices
This includes:
  • Loud music and musical instruments
  • Radios
  • Televisions
  • Stereos

Between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., noise must be kept below the decibel limits set in the Noise Control By-law. Between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., noise that disturbs someone may be considered a violation.

Barking dogs

No person shall permit persistent (for 15 minutes within a 60 minute period) barking, calling, howling, whining at frequent or lengthy intervals by a domestic pet.

It's important to be aware that all dogs will bark at some point and nuisance barking is not that the dog barks, it's that the dogs barks continuously for long periods of time.

It could also be a violation of the Town’s Animal Care and Control By-law 2020-085.

Construction
It is a violation to operate any construction vehicle or equipment between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday to Saturday and no earlier than 9 a.m. on any Sunday or Holidays.
Power Equipment
This includes:
  • Chainsaws
  • Power lawnmowers
  • Leaf blowers
  • Power tools
  • Other similar power tools

This type of power equipment should not be operated between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday to Saturday and no earlier than 9 a.m. on any Sunday or Holidays.

Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps
The noise level of an air conditioner, heat pump or similar device must not exceed 50 dB(A) (decibels) when measured at the point of reception.

Snow Removal and Snow Clearing

Snow removal and snow clearing are exempt from Noise Control By-law. The provisions of this by-law shall not apply to snow clearing or snow removal activities.

Exemptions

The Noise Control By-law allows for exemptions through an application. Applications must be submitted 60 days before an event.

Noise By-law Exemption Application

The application fee is $131.10 and can be paid by visiting Customer Service located inside of the Civic Centre

Reporting a noise complaint

A Town by-law officer will follow up on your complaint. Please refer to the Town of East Gwillimbury Noise Control By-law for more information.

Report a noise complaint 

Further questions?

If you have more questions, please send us an email for more information.