Noise bylaw changes approved

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Contractors looking to skip their day of rest on Sunday and forge ahead on construction work instead are now required to hand deliver you a note informing you of their plans.

City councillors approved today revisions to the city’s noise regulation bylaw.

While developers in the past could receive city approval to work on Sundays, the changes now require them to hand deliver written notices to impacted homeowners with a 100-metre radius of the work site three days before the work begins.

Construction may not begin before 7:00 a.m. or continue after 10:00 p.m., under the revisions, and contractors face stiff penalties if the break the bylaw.

Fines for construction noise violations start at $100, and increase for each subsequent offence, with a second offence receiving a $250 fine, and the third and following offences each subject to a $500 fine. Previous fines were only set at $100.

Other updated sections to the bylaw prohibit dog owners from allowing or causing their animals to cry, bark, or disturb the peace between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. That offence carries a $100 fine.

The use of megaphones or microphones, along with shouting and banging or other disruptive noises that disturbs the peace is also banned between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., and also carries a $100 fine.

Another section imposes a $100 fine for any noise or sound made by a “horn, alarm or other warning device and continuing for a period, or periods, totaling 3 minutes or more in any 15 minute period, except in circumstances where deemed necessary as a danger or warning signal.”

— with files from Tania Finch

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