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New to the Website: Noise and Neighbours

July 29, 2020

“My neighbour regularly used his portable leaf-blower around 7:30 pm in the evening. I talked to him and explained that my kids go to bed at that time and they were having trouble falling asleep because of the noise. He didn’t take my complaint seriously, even after I wrote him a letter. I looked at the local noise bylaws and found that hand-held leaf-blowers can’t be used within 50 m of a residence after 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and after 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays (or at all on Sundays). I complained to the city. They issued a fine to my neighbour! He bought a quieter leaf-blower and now only uses it on Saturday mornings.”

– Arwin, Vancouver, BC

Noise. We’re all affected by it. But what bothers you may not bother someone else, which makes noise complaints a tricky legal concept. So when does neighbourhood noise — whether a leaf blower, lawnmower, loud music, or barking dog, for example — cross the line?

The team at People’s Law School can help answer that question with our new page on noise and neighbours. Learn how much neighbourhood noise is too much, where to find local noise laws, and what the noise laws are if you rent or live in a strata.

You’ll also find guidance on what to do if your neighbour’s noise crosses the line and disturbs your peace and quiet. We’ll walk you through the steps — from talking to your neighbour and documenting your noise complaint to contacting local authorities or filing a legal claim. 

Our new content complements our information on trees and fences, two of our most popular and highly visited pages lately. Coming soon are new pages on tips for talking with your neighbour, options for dealing with a problem with your neighbour, and other nuisance issues.

This summer, spread the word (at a reasonable decibel level) about People’s Law School. Feel free to bookmark or share our neighbours content with friends and family!