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

The Fall 2020 community engagement findings and staff's updated recommendations will be presented to Council in 2021 (Date to be confirmed).

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

The Fall 2020 community engagement findings and staff's updated recommendations will be presented to Council in 2021 (Date to be confirmed).

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. If you have a question about when noise is permitted or would like to make a noise complaint, please call 3-1-1. All other questions will not be answered at this time.
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    What are the current regulations on excessive noise from construction companies in Mississauga in terms of the duration and decibel levels? We have constant construction with ongoing sawing that you can hear throughout the house even with all of the windows closed. There are levels of sound that are considered unhealthy and the Province has made efforts to support the construction industry but how is the City protecting people from the impacts of the excessive noise?

    Resident asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The current noise by-laws do not regulate noise by duration or decibel limits, but staff have proposed that quantifiable measures be included in the updated Noise Control By-law.

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    is snow removal permitted between 11:00pm and 5:00am on a privately owned shopping mall in a residential neighbourhood? the constant beeping from the reversing is keeping people up at night and waking them up. I would understand if it was a city street but this is a private mall. Applewood Hills Plaza Bloor and Runningbrook.have lived here for over 35years never been an issue until now.

    MH asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Noise associated with snow removal is exempt from the Noise Control By-law because it is considered to be necessary for resident safety. This includes the noise from snow removal vehicles. 

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    What is the deal with leaf blowers?It's 7:3o AM and there's at least 4 going strong across the street.The sound is crazy.I pay too much in taxes to put up with this crap.Its not just today,it's every week until the snow comes.They don't care and seem to take great joy.Something has to be done.Everyone thinks it but does nothing.Your studies and polls should be done by now.Its time to get rid of these things.I have some audios and videos if you would like to hear them.Pat Said I,what can you do.

    asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The current permitted period for leaf blowers is 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (9:00 a.m. Sunday). However, many residents have expressed that they consider powered domestic tools to be a disturbance and would like to see a shorter permitted period. Staff have proposed that this period be reduced to 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. Sunday). 

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    I’ve held off on complaining because I know the pandemic has been difficult for companies, but the Pemberton construction site located at Eglinton and Metcalf operates very loud construction equipment until as late as 1am. It’s now 11:15pm and it’s still going.

    Erin Mills neighbour asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. 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. However, you can submit a complaint through 311 for construction occurring outside of these hours. 

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    4 months after Project Noisemaker campaign took place I have not seen ANY improvement in the noise emanating from motor vehicles (cars & bikes). Modified exhausts, cars that sound like they have no mufflers...during the day as well as early morning hours (1 am - 6 am)... I'm on the 19th floor with double-pane windows! Currently I hear the cars on Dundas Street West but I've lived in 9 different condo complexes in Mississauga and the noise and racing took place at ALL locations especially Eglinton & Hurontario. One "young" fellow (not that I'm retired or anything) drives by daily at 10:15 am (to work) and around 4:15 pm (home) with an exhaust back-firing that sound like a gun going off over & over again. I saw this individual once at a stop light and he was all PROUD of the attention it brought him. Why can this By-law not be enforced regularly? This would help pay for Mississauga's financial shortfall as well!

    D. Gaspar asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. By-law Enforcement Officers do not have the authority to stop moving vehicles so can only enforce the By-law for stationary vehicles. Complaints about moving vehicle noise can be made to Peel Regional Police Road Safety Services by calling 905-453-3311 or submitting a report online

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    I do live in a condo, and my neighbor unit below is alleged claiming that hear a foot step on there unit. We have do follow the recommendation like forms, carpet but they are still getting our attention. Even on day light they are complaining like between 9am to 4 pm, worst even night which do understand that's why we prevent our child from running. How can we resolve this in diplomatic approach. It is getting inconvenient and we felt they prevent the child to be a child. What is the law for the proper hour to allow that kind of noise (baby/child step noise).

    Minion the diplomat asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. A child's footsteps in an upper unit could be considered reasonable noise in a multi-unit building. The closest permitted period would be Yelling and Shouting which is permitted between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. Sundays). 

    You and your neighbour may want to consider utilising the free community mediation services offered by the Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre to help resolve the issue. 

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    Is there anything that can be done for constant back beeping from construction vehicles in a established residential neighborhood? Is is not-stop and is driving me insane. I’m currently on maternity leave and home all day. The random construction noises are ok but the constant beeping all day is torturing me. The noise has just started and part of a new apartment building on Sheridan Park Drive.

    D asked 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. 

    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.

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    With the pandemic and many working from home, i support the review of the bylaw on noise control because there are neighbours that lack emotional intelligence and think they can play loud music from morning until 11p.m.? And this is not sustainable for those who have to work and can't catch a rest from loud music from the next door neighbour.

    Ang asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry and for your support of the By-law Review. 

    Currently, amplified sound such as music is permitted between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. If noise is occurring outside of the permitted periods or you feel that the level of noise is excessive, you can submit a complaint through 311. 

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    Is there a specific decibel level and an example of such a level for noise/music coming from a neighbour? (semi-detached home)

    Wondering asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The current noise by-laws (Noise Control 360-70 and Nuisance Type Noise 785-80) do not specify decibel limits, but City staff have proposed that they be introduced in the updated By-law for some categories of noise. 

    Currently, amplified sound such as music is permitted between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. If noise is occurring outside of the permitted periods or you feel that the level of noise is excessive, you can submit a complaint through 311.

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    What is the rule for a barking dog? There is a neighbour on our street, who’s dog barks CONSTANTLY; every time they let it outside. They just let it bark and bark and bark! We live on a ravine, so the noice is even louder and travels all across the ravine and down both sides. Sometimes, that dog barks for 20 min straight! (sometimes shorter, sometimes longer) This happens multiple times a day; every day! ! It is SO irritating! I am a dog-lover, and had a dog of my own for over 16 years! We trained our dog properly and she only barked when she was protecting. She never barked constantly like this dog does! This dog is bothering many of us in the neighbourhood, and on the other side of the ravine. Plus EVERY SINGLE PERSON who walks by, on the pathway along the ravine! That dog stands at the end of their property and barks at every single person going by on the ravine pathway! Can something be done to get them to train their dog more wisely and be more considerate to all their neighbours?

    Frustrated!!! asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The Noise Control By-law includes persistent dog barking; the current prohibited period is “at any time”. You can submit a complaint through 311. Once the complaint is received, a By-law Officer will be assigned to it and you will be asked to complete a noise log. The log will be reviewed by a By-law Officer to determine whether a charge is warranted. A letter will also be sent to your neighbour 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.