All Residents believe that their home is their castle. Some think they may enjoy any activity at any time. This could be possible if their house is located far from other dwellings but not in densely populated Mississauga, particularly, Rockwood Village.
All residents want to live in a nice neighbourhood, surrounded by respectful people, entitled to “peaceful enjoyment” of their premises. While for some, enjoyment of premises is hosting loud parties outside, where for others, enjoyment is relaxing on the lounger in the backyard or an armchair inside. How can every resident enjoy their own “castle”? In answer to this question, the City of Mississauga enacted two noise regulations (by-laws), “Noise Control By-law 360-79” and “Nuisance Noise Control By-law 785-80”. The bylaws outline the permitted and non-permitted times for noise. The Nuisance Noise Control By- Law states that “No person shall in the City of Mississauga create, cause or permit any unusual noise or noises likely to disturb the inhabitants.” This covers almost everything that is loud and bothers your neighbour. Included is: a) any sound or noise in such volume as to annoy or disturb the peace, quiet, comfort or repose of any individual in any dwelling house, apartment house, hotel or any other type of residence. (b) the grating, grinding or rattling, screaming, screeching or similar noise or sound caused by the operation of a motor of any kind which by reason of the condition of disrepair or maladjustment create the unusual noise. (c) crying, shouting or loud speaking in or adjacent to any public street or place, or near private swimming pools.
The majority of noise complaints are not investigated however, when a complaint is reported, a letter is sent to the person(s) creating the noise to advise them that they are required to restrict the noise within the timeframes permitted. When a noise complaint is registered, the complainant will also be sent a letter and information package including a log sheet which is required to document the noise. The complainant is required to document the time that the noise starts and ends, the dates and type of noise. The complainant must return the log sheet with at least 3-4 weeks of detailed notes along with all other requested information within the package. If the matter proceeds to a form of legal action, the complainant may become involved in the process. This is necessary as the complainant is essentially the witness to the violation.
Noise Restricted Hours - Some Examples • Persistent barking, whining or other persistent pet noise are prohibited at anytime • Firecrackers are prohibited at most times with a few exceptions on May 24th and July 1st. • Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, singing in any public street or near private swimming pools from 11 p.m. to 7am (9 a.m. Sunday) • Operation of any powered or non-powered tool for domestic purposes other than snow removal prohibited 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. (9 a.m. Sunday) • Operation of any construction equipment, prohibited 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day on Sundays and Holidays Please refer to the bylaws for more information about the types of noise and the prohibited periods of time on the city’s website at www.mississauga.ca
To register a noise complaint, contact our Citizen Contact Centre at 311 if within City limits or 905-615-4311 if outside City limits.Report excessive noise online- www.mississauga.ca/portal/services/reportexcessivenoise or by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org.