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State Regulation Title Noise Criteria
Victoria State Environment Protection Policy N-1, February 2000. Function of Background Ambient Level.
Rural Residential limits:-
Leq = 45/40/35+ dBA Day/Evening/Night*
New South Whales Industrial Noise Policy 2000. Leq criteria
Rural Residential limits:-
Leq = 50/45/40 dBA Day/Evening/Night
5 dB penalty for dBC-dBA>15dB
Western Australia Environmental Protection Noise Regulations 1997 L10, L1 & Lmax criteria
Rural Residential limits:-
L10 = 45/40/35+ dBA Day/Evening/Night*
South Australia Environmental Protection (Noise Policy) 2007 Leq criteria
Rural Residential limits:-
Leq = 47/40 dBA Day/Night OR, 5dBA over Ambient,
Whichever is less stringent
Queensland Environmental Protection Noise Policy July 2004. L10, L1 & Leq criteria
Very Rural Residential limits:-
Leq = 40/35/30 dBA Day/Evening/Night
Northern Territory No noise regulation; recommended limit only NT Planning Department suggests:
60dBA at 1 meter from any residential premise.
Province / Territory Regulation Title Noise Control
Alberta Rule 12: Noise Control Permissible Sound Levels
Effective: March 2020
Function of Rural Residential and “Pristine Area” Background Ambient Level.
Nightime Leq = 35 /40 /43/46+ dBA
Daytime Leq = +10 dBA to   nighttime levels
5 dBA winter penalty
Low frequency noise mitigation if dBC – dBA > 20 dB
British Columbia British Columbia Noise Control:
Best Practices Guideline Version 2.1
Effective: January 2019
Applicable in areas considered to be pristine and where ambient noise levels would be impacted.
Facility operations = PSL of 40 dBA Leq (Nighttime)
Nightime Leq = 35 /40 /43/46+ dBA
Daytime Leq = +10 dBA to nighttime levels
Class (A1): +5 dBA Seasonal Wintertime adjustment
Manitoba Manitoba – 6.0 Environmental Assessment Report
Effective: September 2015
Maximum Acceptable Levels: Residential
Leq (1) = 60 dBA Daytime
Leq (1) = 50 dBA Nightime
Desirable Levels: 5 dBA lower than Maximum Acceptable
Maximum Acceptable Levels: Commercial
Leq (1) = 70 dBA Daytime
Leq (1) = 60 dBA Nightime
Desirable Levels: 15 dBA lower than Maximum Acceptable
Maximum Acceptable Levels: Industrial
Leq (1) = 70 dBA Daytime
Leq (1) = 70 dBA Nightime
Desirable levels = Maximum Acceptable
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A No Provincial Environmental Noise Regulations
Northwest Territories General Safety Regulations
R.R.N.W.T. 1990,c.S-1
Northwest Territories (NWT) adopts the Alberta EUB approach
Permissible Sound Level is ambient level + 5 dB + other adjustments as applicable
In remote areas, suggested limit of 40 dBA Nighttime and 45 dBA Daytime at 1.5 km distance, where no noise sensitive receptors exist
Nova Scotia Guidelines for Environmental Noise
Measurement and Assessment
Latest Revision: May 2005
Leq = ≤65 dBA between 0700 to 1900 hours (Daytime)
Leq = ≤ 60 dBA between 1900 to 2300 hours (Evening)
Leq = ≤ 55 dBA between 2300 to 0700 hours (Nightime)
New Brunswick N/A No Provincial Environmental Noise Regulations
Ontario Environmental Noise Guideline – Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning (NPC-300)
Published: August 2013
Class 1: Major population centre
Class 2: Rural and Urban areas
Class 3: Rural Areas
Class 4: Areas of land intended for development
Daytime Leq: 07:00 – 19:00
C1 = 50 dBA
C2 = 50 dBA
C3 = 45 dBA
C4 = 55 dBA
Nightime Leq: 19:00 – 23:00
C1 = 50 dBA
C2 = 45 dBA
C3 = 40 dBA
C4 = 55 dBA
Prince Edward Island N/A No Provincial Environmental Noise Regulations
Québec Traitement des plaintes sur le bruit et exigences aux entreprises qui le génèrent
LRQ (c. Q-2), articles 20 et 22
Published: June 2006
Zone Classifications:
I): Urban population centre
II): Multiple dwelling units
III): Land intended for commercial use
IV): Land zoned for Industrial or agricultural purposes.
Nightime Leq: 19:00 – 23:00
I) = 40 dBA
II) = 45 dBA
III) = 50 dBA
IV) = 70 dBA
Daytime Leq: 07:00 – 19:00
I) = 45 dBA
II) = 50 dBA
III) = 55 dBA
IV) = 70 dBA
Nunavut N/A No Provincial Environmental Noise Regulations
Saskatchewan Uses Alberta Rule 12:  Noise Control Permissible Sound Levels Effective: March 2020 See Alberta noise limits
Yukon Noise Prevention Act Nothing in this Act limits or interferes with the right of any person to bring and maintain a civil action for damage occasioned by any noise or sound from a public address system, loudspeaker, or amplifier or by any nuisance arising from that noise or sound. R.S., c.121, s.8.