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. Details on additional community engagement opportunities will be available in September.

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. Details on additional community engagement opportunities will be available in September.

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    My neighbour has a car that makes loud noise when it starts and drives off, as well as while driving. He usually starts the car at 6 am everyday, and everyday It startles me out of my sleep because of the suddenness of the noise. He then idles the car for about 5 minutes and then drives off with another loud noise. My entire sleep pattern is disturbed and I feel exhausted during the day causing me to not perform efficiently during the day. My question is what are my rights as this is a nuisance to me and others in the neighborhood?

    Margaret Asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Noise from modified vehicle exhausts is the sole responsibility of Peel Regional Police. By-law Officers do not have the authority to enforce the Highway Traffic Act, which is the legislation that regulates noise from moving vehicles.  

    You can file a complaint with Peel Regional Police Road Safety Services by calling 905-453-3311.

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    What are the rules about music/noise projecting from a radio/speaker/amplifier on the outside of a vehicle? I'm wondering if it is legal to put a speaker on the outside of a motorized vehicle, and what distance from the vehicle that sound should not be clearly audible (i.e. City of Hamilton has a by-law that says a sound projecting from a motor vehicle should not be clearly audible at least 8 metres from the vehicle). Thank you!

    Jer Asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The Noise Control By-law is silent on speakers on motorised vehicles, but the Nuisance Type Noise by-law states that no person shall "create, cause or permit any unusual noise or noises likely to disturb the inhabitants", including "the sound or noise from or created by any radio, phonograph, television, public address system, sound equipment, loud speaker, or similar device or devices, or any musical or sound-producing instrument of whatever kind when such device or instrument is played or operated in such volume as to annoy or disturb the peace, quiet, comfort or repose of any individual in any dwelling house, apartment house, hotel or any other type of residence." 

    Thus, if the vehicle could be heard in a residence from the street it would be considered in contravention of the by-law. 

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    my neighbours are very loud almost 5 out of 7 days a week I understand its 11 am on weekends but what about Sunday thru Thursday is there anything I can do we live in a townhouse and still have to live beside them have spoke to the a number of times and had to call my landlour last night we all work earlie morning shifts they are outside drinking and playing games way after 10 pm

    mel Asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your inquiry. The current permitted period in the Noise Control By-law for human noise such as yelling is 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. However, the Nuisance Type Noise By-law is intended to address excessive noise that disturbs. if you feel that the level of noise is excessive, you're welcome to submit a noise complaint through 311. You'll be sent a noise log to document the noise, which will be reviewed by a By-law Officer to determine whether a charge is warranted. A letter will also be sent to your neighbours advising them that a complaint has been registered and that they're required under the By-law to restrict the type of noise they're creating. 


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    Excessively noisy Air Conditioners need to be covered. What is the legally acceptable decibel level for that specific excessive noise that transfers to my deck from the next door A/C unit? My neighbor has an extremely loud A/C previously installed . It is a TRANE and believe me it sounds like a train going by all day long with no let up. It is a constant nuisance to us. Annoying in the extreme. Can a Bylaw officer visit my home and measure the noise level? The previous owner had it installed and all he could say to me was " I'm sorry ". Thank you.

    Mikeh Asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your inquiry. Currently, the Noise Control By-law does not specify decibel limits for any category of noise. However, air conditioners are captured under nuisance noise. If you submit a noise complaint through 311, 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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    Who do you call about loud cars after 11pm

    S Asked 3 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.

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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 6 months 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. 

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    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 6 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.

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    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 7 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. 

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    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 7 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.

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    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 7 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.