New coverage of noise and neighbours

July 29, 2020

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 lawnmower, loud music, or barking dog, for example — cross the line?

We can help answer that question. Our new page on noise and neighbours explains 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 bringing a legal action

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

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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