Air conditioning device noise control: Ontario model by-law and Toronto by-law


  • J.L. Fielders Jade Acoust. Inc., Concord, Ont., Canada


air conditioning, legislation, noise abatement, Ontario, by-law, Toronto, noise control, air conditioners


The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Energy created an ad hoc advisory committee to develop modifications to the model municipal noise control by-law regarding noise from air conditioners and heat pumps. Members included representatives from local and provincial government, Ontario Hydro, Toronto Hydro, builders, a consumer association, manufacturers, installers and consultants. Over the past five years they struggled with the issues of sound level limits, enforcement and installation guidelines. The outcome was a comprehensive model noise by-law and a detailed guide for the installation of units including checklists for both the installer and the enforcement agency. The City of Toronto sat on the committee but pursued a different approach, partly due to the existence of their own noise control by-law which had been in use for several years. The City examined changes to their by-law in light of the work by the Committee. The paper summarizes the background and details of the two noise control documents



How to Cite

Fielders J. Air conditioning device noise control: Ontario model by-law and Toronto by-law. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 1993Sep.1 [cited 2021Apr.14];21(3):127-8. Available from:



Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada