Highlights of the draft Noise By-Law include:
- Stronger provisions with respect to reducing the incidents of noise created by modified mufflers.
- Adopting an “unreasonable and persistent noise” prohibition. “Unreasonable” and “Persistent Noise” is defined as noise that would otherwise be permitted but is likely to disturb the peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of a reasonable person and is continuously or intermittently heard for a period of more than ten minutes per hour or more.
Unreasonable noise does NOT include commonplace household or workplace sounds such as the sound of furniture being moved, children playing, people engaging in conversation or the use or operation of powered and non-powered equipment for domestic or commercial maintenance purposes such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, power tools or other similar devices. Snow removal activities are exempt from the Noise By-Law, including any back-up alarms associated with such activities.
- Motor vehicles would not be permitted to idle for periods in excess of 5 minutes within a residential area, except under certain circumstances such as low temperatures and car maintenance.
- Streamlines the process to apply for an exemption from the by-law, for example for special events.
The draft Noise By-Law can be downloaded HERE.
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