Pickering wants public feedback on new noise control by-law

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Published April 25, 2023 at 11:34 am

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Pickering is looking for feedback on proposed changes to its noise control by-law.

Council directed staff last fall to undertake a review of the existing Noise Control By-law, which provides time restrictions and sound level limits for various types of noise from loud music and car engines to construction noise, to provide clarity around the regulations and ensure the by-law remains responsive to the needs of those who live and work in Pickering.

Proposed changes include:

  • The addition of a vehicle alarm, siren, or security system which is being activated without a valid reason, for a period of time that exceeds the normal operating standard or that is not functioning as designed.
  • Operation of construction equipment is prohibited from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day, Monday to Friday, and from 7 p.m. on Friday until 9 a.m. on Saturday, and from 6 p.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m. on Monday. Construction noise is prohibited on statutory holidays.
  • Outdoor equipment or machinery used for yard maintenance to be changed to include battery or rechargeable energy equipment or machinery for yard maintenance.

Exempt:

  • The sounding of bells or horns for traffic control. Including as a traffic signal or associated with the operation of a railroad.
  • The sounding of bells, chimes, clocks, or other announcements in relation to a property operated as a church, synagogue, temple, mosque, monastery, or other place of worship between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm, or any property owned or operated by the City.
  • Noise which results from commonplace household or workplace activities such as sound from furniture being moved, children playing indoors, people engaged in normal conversation, or walking/moving within a household unit.

Visit LetsTalkPickering.ca/NoiseBylaw to learn more, view the proposed changes, and complete the survey (deadline is May 20).

A report summarizing the community engagement findings and recommendations will be presented to Council October 3.

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