Toronto's newest by-law amendment came into effect October 1, and it is targeting noise in the city more intensely than the current 11 o'clock curfew. There will now be specific law enforcement officers from the Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) division who will respond to noise complaints from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m., 7 days a week. Toronto's noise by-law will now be measuring amplified sound from concerts and bars, but other noise makers are also targeted.
Amplified sound is the first on the list for types of noise that are eligible for complaints, but it isn't the only one. Noise from animals, construction, loading and unloading, motor vehicle noise, and noise from power devices are all on the list. Even air conditioners will be monitored for noisiness.
Unnecessary tire squealing, engine revving, persistent dog barking, and other noise sources are also banned.
MLS officers will be using sound meters that have been developed by sound engineering experts. They will be using them to monitor decibel (dB) limits of sound coming from within 50m of an area that is violating the by-law regulations. You can read into more depth here and here.
"The updated Noise Bylaw reflects our growing and vibrant city while enhancing noise standards for residents through the introduction of clearer, more consistent standards," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood), Chair of General Government and Licensing Committee.
Noise issues aren't new to the city of Toronto. Concert goers have seen this enforced before.
However, it looks like issuing a service complaint may take up to 5 business days! Long after a party or event would be over.
Narcity has reached out to the City of Toronto for more details on this issue and will update any relevant information when we hear back.