TORONTO'S NOISE BYLAW INTRODUCES NEW RESTRICTIONS, HIGHER FINES

Apr 18, 2019

By Jane Brown

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Are you looking for a little more peace and quiet at home at the end of your day?

This is good news for you!

Five years in the making, Toronto’s revised noise bylaw has been nearly unanimously approved by city councillors, introducing new restrictions and higher fines for violators.

The new rules set measurable sound levels for outdoor concert and club venues, making enforcement less subjective; require construction companies to seek exemptions for certain work after hours; set sound level limits for motorcycles; and limit the operation of power tools, including gas-powered leaf blowers, to 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.

Maximum fines have been increased to $100,000, from the current $5,000.

According to public opinion research conducted on behalf of the city, 64 per cent of residents believe that noise levels in Toronto are reasonable and reflect life in a big city, while 36 per cent of residents believe that more needs to be done to restrict noise because of potential negative health consequences.

ZoomerMedia Founder Moses Znaimer launched the Anti-Noise Pollution League about a decade ago to acknowledge those restaurants where noise is kept to a lower level to allow for easy conversation.

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