Noise Bylaw Review
The City of Toronto is reviewing the Noise Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 591). The current bylaw provides standards for noise, and applies to all properties in Toronto.
The review aims to introduce updates that reflect our growing and vibrant city, while enhancing the noise standards that protect the residents of Toronto. Public consultations were held in January – February 2019 to present and seek feedback on developing Noise Bylaw updates.
Feedback from the consultations will be used to recommend updates to the Noise Bylaw in a report going to Council in spring 2019.
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Five public consultations were held on early 2019, each focusing on a particular area of the Noise Bylaw:
1. Power Equipment (for example: leaf blowers and restrictions on time of use)
Monday January 28, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre Member’s Lounge (5100 Yonge St.)
2. Motor Vehicles (for example: vehicle noise on highways and private property)
Tuesday January 29, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, Room 310 (55 John St.)
3. Amplified Sound (for example: music from bars and decibel limits)
Wednesday January 30, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West)
4. Construction Noise (for example: restrictions on time and noise management)
Tuesday February 5, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park Lounge (585 Dundas St. East)
5. General Noise (for example: playing an instrument, residential noise, etc.)
Wednesday February 6, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Garage (720 Bathurst St.)
The City began reviewing the Noise Bylaw in 2015. In 2016, with direction from the Licensing and Standards Committee, a Noise Working Group (NWG) was convened with stakeholders from resident associations, business improvement areas, the music and entertainment industry, the construction and building industry and other city divisions and agencies.
The NWG met nine times and concluded in 2017. The group reviewed current and proposed amendments to the noise bylaw and highlighted outstanding issues. In April 2018, a report documenting these outstanding issues and next steps in the noise bylaw review was brought to City Council.
The City has also undertaken additional research and consultation, including:
- procuring an independent acoustical engineering firm to provide a technical review of 1) the current and proposed noise bylaw, and 2) the feedback collected from members of the Noise Working Group
- conducting broad and statistically significant public opinion research on resident attitudes, experience and concerns with noise in Toronto
- pursuing additional research and data analysis; including jurisdictional best practices/approaches, and
- consulting with internal and external stakeholders.
The City hosted five public consultations, facilitated by a public consultation firm, from January – February, 2019.