Noise Control By-law Review

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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.

REPORT TO COUNCIL

A corporate report summarising the community engagement findings and recommendations was presented to Council on July 8, 2020. The report was received by Council and staff were directed to conduct further community engagement.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Have your say. Take our new survey and let us know how the City should manage noise.

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.

REPORT TO COUNCIL

A corporate report summarising the community engagement findings and recommendations was presented to Council on July 8, 2020. The report was received by Council and staff were directed to conduct further community engagement.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Have your say. Take our new survey and let us know how the City should manage noise.

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    How do I ask my upstairs neighbors with two kids who stomp excessively all day long to stop even if they were told more than three times? I'm a university student trying to study from home, and the noise is excessive enough that I cannot concentrate even with noise-cancelling headphones and the walls are extremely thin that the entire ceiling vibrates as if an earthquake has struck. Because of COVID restrictions on indoor dining, I cannot go to libraries or cafes to study. I understand kids need to vent their energy, but the noise is "too excessive" that I can neither study nor enjoy doing anything at home.

    A asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Noise complaints can be made for excessive noise. You can submit a complaint through 311. Once a complaint is received, a By-law Officer will be assigned to it and you will be asked to complete a noise log. Based on the log, the Officer may conduct an on-site investigation and could issue a charge.

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    I live in the Square One area and there are multiple condos, college expansion, road, water pipeline constructions all ongoing at the same time. Pounding noises begin daily on weekdays at 7am and sometimes these construction noises don't end until past 7pm. However, upon reading the reply to one of the previous Q&A "in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the provincial government passed Regulation 131/20 in April 2020, which prohibits municipalities from regulating construction noise made between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. This regulation is in effect until October 2021." Does that mean that the city has no right to regulate any construction noise until beyond Oct 2021?

    Resident asked 26 days ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, unless the construction noise occurs before 6:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m the City does not have the power to regulate it until October 7, 2021. Regulation 131/20 also allows construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space, at any time of the day or night.  

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    Can we increase the fine enough to deter modified vehicles from emitting excessive noise. I think the current fine is not enough. There is still excessive noise that I can hear from inside my own condo at 3985 Grand Park Drive. This is a more serious issue than the questions on the survey. Please aim to enforce this type of noise frok vehicles. In the long term this type of noise can impact the long term health of residence. These vehicles are modified to emit the loudest most obnoxious noise in order to harrass residences. We really need to focus on enforcing this. And how will this be enforced. I know moving vehicles are under the highway traffic act managed by peel police. Can we start a real enforcement project for this.

    Tired of excessive modified vehicle noise asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. In August, Mississauga City Council amended the Noise Control By-law to to prohibit anyone from making unnecessary noise in stationary and moving motor vehicles and increased the set fine to $305. This is well above the set fine in the Highway Traffic Act which is $85 for these types of offences. 

    By-law Enforcement Officers do not have the authority to stop moving vehicles so enforcement needs to be conducted by Peel Regional Police. City staff are working with Peel Regional Police to develop a joint enforcement strategy which will see Peel Police and by-law officers riding together and utilizing the Highway Traffic Act as well as the Noise Control and Nuisance Type Noise By-laws as tools to educate and enforce vehicle noise in the City.

    In July, Peel Regional Police conducted the Project Noisemaker campaign to identify and reduce the number of motor vehicles with modified and/or excessively loud exhaust systems on Peel roads. During the campaign, Officers issued 403 Highway Traffic Act tickets, 154  of which were issued for Improper Muffler on a Motor Vehicle, and 150 of which were issued for Unnecessary Noise. 


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    How do I get someone to stop the cars rev if engines and speeding up and down Truscott road and Bodmin

    Sc asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. You can file a complaint with Peel Regional Police Road Safety Services by calling 905-453-3311. By-law Enforcement Officers do not have the authority to stop moving vehicles and cannot enforce the Highway Traffic Act.

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    There is incessant vehicular and motorcycle exhaust/engine noise in the Churchill Meadows area. It's loud enough to sometimes even awaken me at night. Why is there no bylaw to limit vehicular noise levels in residential areas? If this is in review, what specific steps will be taken to enforce these bylaws?

    Thank you asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Vehicle noise was one of the top resident concerns during our community engagement process earlier this year. In August, City Council took action in response to these concerns by amending the Noise Control By-law to prohibit anyone from making unnecessary noise in stationary and moving motor vehicles and increasing the set fine. More details on this change can be found here

    Municipal By-law Officers continue to investigate complaints related to stationary vehicles, but do not have the authority to pull over moving vehicles. Enforcement of moving vehicles is conducted by Peel Regional Police. In July, Peel Police laid 170 charges in Mississauga for vehicle noise offences as part of “Project Noisemaker.” 


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    What’s the law regarding loud construction starting at 9:30am on weekends, and 8am on weekdays in rented apartment buildings? No one can sleep!

    Resident asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The permitted period for construction noise in the Noise Control By-law is 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (prohibited on Sundays and statutory holidays). However, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the provincial government passed Regulation 131/20 in April 2020, which prohibits municipalities from regulating construction noise made between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. This regulation is in effect until October 2021.

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    What is being done about modified cars revving and racing all hours of the night, especially in Square one area?

    T.sud asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. If the vehicle is not moving (e.g. idling in a driveway), you can call 311 to submit a noise complaint. If it's moving, you can call Peel Regional Police.  By-law Enforcement Officers do not have the authority to stop moving vehicles and cannot enforce the Highway Traffic Act. City staff have engaged Peel Regional Police and are currently developing a joint enforcement strategy which will see Peel Police and by-law officers riding together and utilizing the Highway Traffic Act as well as the Noise Control and Nuisance Type Noise By-laws as tools to educate and enforce vehicle noise in the City. Peel Police recently launched Project Noisemaker in July which aims to identify and reduce the number of motor vehicles with modified and/or excessively loud exhaust systems on Peel roads.

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    What is the by-law about dogs barking? Like is there a time period that it is allowed and what is considered constant dog barking?

    Trisha asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The Noise Control By-law includes dog barking; the current prohibited period for dog barking is “at any time”. As staff work to update the by-law to better reflect a modern city, we suggest this creates an unrealistic expectation. It is not possible for dog owners to completely eliminate barking. Staff recommend that the prohibited period for “persistent barking, calling or whining by a domestic pet” be changed from “at any time” to “10 p.m. to 7 a.m. (9 a.m. on Sundays)”. This will make the Noise Control By-law easier to understand and interpret, resulting in higher compliance particularly in the evening and early morning.

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    How can we see a copy of the “revised” report, incorporating more current thinking and resident’s thoughts

    Duke asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. A revised Noise Control Program Review Report will be made available after the current engagement activity ends on September 30th and before the report is presented to General Committee (date to be confirmed).

    I encourage you to subscribe for project updates to stay informed on the status of the project and when it will be going before Council.   

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    Is the municipal government empowered to direct Peel Regional Police to enforce noise from moving vehicles? Is its enforcement at the sole discretion of the police? BTW when I say " direct Peel Regional Police to enforce", I intend this to be with specific guidelines and expectations of the imposition of fines.

    Weary of the drag racing in Port Credit asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Staff received many comments about vehicle noise during the community engagement sessions. Municipal Law Enforcement Officers can address noise from stationary vehicles, but moving vehicles are regulated through the Highway Traffic Act and are the responsibility of Peel Regional Police. City staff have engaged Peel Regional Police and are currently developing a joint enforcement strategy which will see Peel Police and by-law officers riding together and utilizing the Highway Traffic Act as well as the Noise Control and Nuisance Type Noise By-laws as tools to educate and enforce vehicle noise in the City. Council have expressed their desire for Peel Police to increase vehicle enforcement and Peel Police are committed to road safety as a core policing function with speeding, aggressive driving, and impaired driving being enforcement priorities. Peel Police recently launched Project Noisemaker in July which was designed to identify and reduce the number of motor vehicles with modified and/or excessively loud exhaust systems on Peel roads.