Noise Control By-law 81-142 prohibits and regulates certain types of noise within the Township of King. The by-law includes both general restrictions on certain types of noise as well as time-based restrictions for certain activities. Common noise complaints include:
Excessive amplification of music or sound
Persistent barking, whining, or calling by domestic pets and other animals (non-agricultural)
Construction activity after 9:00 PM and/or on Sundays
How Do I Report a Noise Issue?
For noise complaints during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday), please contact By-law Enforcement Services at 905-833-5321.
For noise complaints after hours, you may report the issue to the Township's answering service at 905-833-5321 for follow-up with By-law Enforcement Services the next business day. If it is an urgent matter that requires immediate attention, please contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423. York Regional Police are authorized to enforce the Township's Noise By-law when necessary and will respond when available.
Certain activities within the Township may require an exemption to Noise By-Law #81-142, such as special events featuring amplified sound (weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, etc.), or overnight/weekend construction. There is a $50 fee to apply for an exemption.
Do I Need an Exemption?
Exemptions are intended for large special events and gatherings. Common examples include backyard weddings, large family reunions, or outdoor gatherings with live bands and music. Exemptions are generally not required for ordinary social gatherings at private residences (e.g. backyard barbecues, children's birthday parties, etc.).
If you feel that your event may cause a disturbance in your neighbourhood, you may wish to apply for an exemption to the Noise By-law. The Clerks Department will provide you with a template notification letter to distribute in your neighbourhood to advise the event in advance.
Should there be a noise complaint arising from your event, By-law Enforcement Services or York Regional Police may attend and will confirm if there is an exemption on record. Without an exemption, your event may be shut down.
In all cases, please be mindful of your neighbours and respectful of the community - excessive noise can harm the enjoyment of properties and damage relations with your neighbours.
To learn more about permits needed for special events you can refer to our Special Event Planning Guide.
Applying for an Exemption
The following conditions must be met for noise exemption applications to be considered:
- A completed Noise Exemption Application Form is to be submitted to the Clerks Department a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the proposed event or activity
- No more than three (3) exemptions shall be approved by the Clerk for an individual property in a calendar year (each exemption is limited to one calendar day)
- Exemptions shall not be authorized beyond 1:00 AM
- Upon approval, you must serve notice of the approved exemption to nearby affected properties in advance of the event (a template notification letter will be provided)
- A fee of $50 applies to all exemptions requested
Exemptions for Construction Activities
The Clerk's Department may issue noise exemptions to facilitate construction activity if the work requires evening and over-night hours to complete. Notice of any service disruptions as a result of approved after-hours construction shall be posted to the Township's website under Disruption of Services. It is recommended that applicants contact the Clerks Department at 905-833-5321 before applying for a noise exemption to facilitate after-hours construction. Depending on the nature of the request, the Clerk may elect to bring forward such requests to Council for consideration.
Exemptions to be Considered by Council
Exemptions may be considered by Council under the following circumstances:
- If you have requested exemptions in excess of the limit of three (3) per calendar year; or
- The Clerk deems it appropriate to have Council consider the request in a public setting
If your request for exemption is to be heard by Council, public notice shall be posted on the Township's website and in the local paper indicating the date, time and location that the request is to be heard. The Clerk shall maintain a list of interested parties who will be notified of any exemptions that are to come before Council for consideration. To be placed on the interested parties list for all noise exemptions to be heard by Council, please contact the Clerks Department at 905-833-5321.
For additional information about the Township of King Noise By-law, please contact By-law Enforcement Services at 905-833-4002.
For additional information about Noise Exemptions, please contact the Clerks Department at 905-833-5321.