Noise Control By-law Review

Noise Control By-law

The City of Mississauga is updating its Noise By-laws to make them more responsive to our residents and neighbourhoods.

We are working to ensure everyone who lives, works, learns and plays in Mississauga can enjoy a more liveable community.

We want to hear your thoughts on potential changes to our processes in areas such as permitted periods for noise, the complaint response process, and exemption permits.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Take our survey, share your ideas or check the Key Dates for upcoming consultation sessions.

Noise Control By-law

The City of Mississauga is updating its Noise By-laws to make them more responsive to our residents and neighbourhoods.

We are working to ensure everyone who lives, works, learns and plays in Mississauga can enjoy a more liveable community.

We want to hear your thoughts on potential changes to our processes in areas such as permitted periods for noise, the complaint response process, and exemption permits.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Take our survey, share your ideas or check the Key Dates for upcoming consultation sessions.

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  • please do something about the noisy dogs, it is beyond annoying when we cannot do anything about ignorant neighbours who let their dogs go crazy and bark, cry and whine. Will you be including this into your report?

    Anne asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. As part of the review of the Noise Control By-law, we will be looking at how we investigate and respond to noise complaints. All of the categories of noise currently covered through the by-law are being examined and will be included in our report. 

  • If the by-law is changed to use ‘decibel’ levels, how will a resident measure the noise. What equipment will be used or required? How long will the sound have to be at a certain decibel level before a complaint can be made? (Intermittent sounds are annoying too.) Most of the noises occur on the weekends when officers are not working. The contraveners know this; subsequently they continue to contravene. The complaints process needs to be revised. Having to keep track of multiple times and dates of contraventions is cumbersome from a resident’s point of view and not our specialty. The officers should be employed on weekends and evenings to investigate complaints as they occur, not days later. Either change the hours that By-law Enforcement Officers work to include evening hours or perhaps combine duties of the Parking Control Officer, who work evenings and weekends, so that they investigate noise complaints as they occur.

    Dee asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. If a noise threshold such as decibel limits is introduced, measurement would be done by By-law Officers using City equipment. Any decisions on noise levels or length of noise would be determined in consultation with acoustical engineers.

    As part of the by-law review process, we are considering changes to the complaint response process, which would include service levels. Thank you for your suggestions on improving complaint investigations. I have noted them and will ensure that they are considered in this review.

  • Like measuring traffic flow..does the city survey noise levels say at large construction or development site? I believe the collected data would be useful in amending the existing bye laws.

    Asghar asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The City currently does not proactively measure noise levels, but we are committed to using data to inform our approach. Any changes with regards to noise thresholds will be informed by research on noise levels. 

  • No bylaw officers are available on weekend nights. This is when there are a lot of loud parties going on past midnight in our neighbourhood. We have to resort to calling the police who usually do not show up citing other more "pressing" matters. Why are bylaw officers not available at the times they are needed to enforce the bylaws? When we speak to neighbours personally, they blow us off. Bylaw officers are needed to warn/explain the bylaw and/or to enforce the bylaw at the time the offences are being committed.

    Sabrina asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your inquiry. As part of the by-law review process, we are considering changes to the complaint response process, which would include service levels. I have noted your comments and will ensure that they are considered in this review.

  • There are no bylaw officers enforcing any bylaw on the weekends. When we have called 311 on the weekend about construction noise on Sundays no one is available, no call is tracked. Mississauga is the 6th largest city why is there no bylaw services on the weekends? How can Loud cars and trucks be reported and enforced, any day of the week. They are very common on our residential street.

    Self asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your inquiry. As part of the by-law review process, we are considering changes to the complaint response process, which would include service levels. I have noted your comments and will ensure that they are considered in this review.

    Vehicles on the road are the responsibility of Peel Regional Police. The City’s By-law Enforcement Officers do not have the authority to stop moving vehicles. However, vehicle noise is included in the scope of the review and will be considered.


  • Is it possible to let tools and equipments retailers put labels to products with allowed noise levels, period and hours to use for both residential and non-residential areas?

    EmadAwad asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Increased awareness of allowed noise levels and periods will be an important component of the updated by-law. While we would welcome retailers’ support in increasing awareness, the City does not have the authority to enforce a regulation requiring them to label noise generating products. We are considering other methods to increase public awareness such as a public education campaign.


  • Will anything be done about barking dogs and basketball courts in backyards. I complained to the bylaw office and dealt with very rude bylaw officers, one even tried to basically intimidate me into shutting up and to stop comlaining before I contacted my city councillor and the ombudsman. In response to a dog constantly barking at my family entering and exiting our home, or through a fence while we were in our backyard I was told that " the dog didnt bark at me or constantly for over an hour"... When you hear a dog whining/barking 2-5 times a day the noise goes through your home and can disturb children and the elderly, when I made a complaint I was snubbed. My suggestion would be to copy hamilton or vancouver where animal control officers can speak to the owner and hand out fines to owners who need to train their animals better. Not the animals fault, its the owners

    Concerned mississauga citizen asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. I am sorry to hear that you did not have a satisfactory resolution to your complaint. As part of the overall review of the Noise Control By-law, we will be looking at how we investigate and respond to noise complaints. We will also be examining how nuisance noise, such as a dog barking, is dealt with.

    Thank you for suggesting that we look into Hamilton or Vancouver’s approach. I’ll make sure it is included as part of our review.


  • Why does this survey not include any comment box option where the public can include any additional information or comments they would like to make on noise concerns?

    Athina asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. We have added a comment box, and welcome any additional information or comments on managing noise in the city.


  • What does the review cover?

    4 months ago

    The City has two noise by-laws that regulate noise and vibrations – Noise Control By-law 360-79 and Nuisance Type Noise By-law 785-80

    As the City evolves from a suburban community to an urban centre, there is an opportunity to modernize how noise is regulated in Mississauga.

    Staff are reviewing all aspects of the current regulations and will consult with residents and stakeholders on a number of proposed program options designed to better meet today’s community needs.

    The proposed changes will cover aspects such as the complaint response process, residential and construction noise exemptions, permitted periods for amplified sound and noise thresholds.


  • What will change?

    4 months ago

    In our efforts to modernize how the City regulates noise, we are working to update and clarify different types of noise that are present in any urban centre. This includes noise caused by construction, vehicles and entertainment. The goal is to make it easier to understand and interpret the by-law.

    The existing Noise Control By-law 785-80 and Nuisance Type Noise By-law 360-79 may be replaced by one consolidated regulation.

  • When will the new by-law come into effect?

    4 months ago

    Staff will present a report with recommendations to Council in spring 2020. A new by-law is expected to come into effect in fall 2020.

  • How can I get involved?

    4 months ago

    Take our online survey, ask a question, submit an idea or attend an upcoming consultation session.