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Calgary Stampede Noise Rules – 411

By June 26, 2024No Comments

Noise Bylaw during the Calgary Stampede

• During the Stampede period, you may not operate an outdoor speaker system within 150 metres of a residential development,
between midnight and 7 am, Monday to Saturday and midnight to 9 am on Sunday.
• Businesses with approved Special Function – Class 2 Development Permit applications must apply for a Noise Exemption Permit to
operate outdoor speakers past midnight. Businesses that finish service before midnight are not required to apply for a noise exemption.
• All businesses operating outdoor speakers must comply with maximum daytime sound levels.

Noise Exemption Permit application

• To ensure a timely response, eligible Stampede businesses are encouraged to submit a Noise Exemption Permit Application
thirty (30) days prior to the start of the Stampede.
• The application can be made either online or contact The City through 311.
• There is no fee to obtain a noise exemption permit.

Noise enforcement during the Stampede

• Each permit is assessed on individual merits and monitored by officers for the duration of Stampede. It’s unnecessary to submit
sound check results to the City.
• To ensure compliance, a list of noise permit exemption approvals is provided to staff to conduct planned noise measurements
throughout Stampede.
• Event organizers are requested to ensure neighboring residents are engaged with notification of the event, such as notifying the
Community Association, or a leaflet drop to nearby residents.
• We also monitor 311 for any complaints that are generated and will investigate accordingly.
• Failure to comply with the Noise Bylaw could land an event organizer with a fine of up to $500.
• A noise exemption permit may be revoked if the business has not taken sufficient measures to minimize the noise, or if conditions
stated within the permit have been violated.

Filing a noise complaint

• Please call 311 or go to or the 311 Calgary mobile app for a non-criminal activity caused noise. Please be
ready with following information:
• Your name and address.
• A primary and alternate phone number.
• The address and exact location of the property for which you wish to register a complaint.
• A brief and concise description of the complaint.
• If you want the noise to stop immediately or if you think the noise is caused by criminal activity, notify Calgary Police Services at

Please DO NOT dial 911 unless it is related to police, fire or medical emergency.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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