County-wide noise bylaw approved in Guelph/Eramosa

BRUCEDALE – Guelph/Eramosa council has approved a new noise bylaw that Wellington County and Wellington OPP officials hope all of the county’s lower tier municipalities will implement. 

Council unanimously approved the new bylaw during a regular meeting on April 2, without any discussion. 

Centre Wellington council approved the same bylaw on March 25. 

Guelph/Eramosa spokesperson Amanda Knight said the main differences between the new bylaw and the previous one in place in Guelph/Eramosa are that the new bylaw includes: 

  • a comprehensive set of definitions and provisions;
  • a list of exemptions;
  • a process for noise exemptions, including permit applications and submission requirements;
  • delegation of authority to the municipal clerk to approve noise exemptions;
  • terms and conditions for resolution of non-compliance of permits;
  • new provisions allowing for the expansion of noise sources with the potential to adversely affect the inhabitants of the township;
  • reasonable times for noise while also allowing for enforcement/restrictions on unreasonable or excessive noise during permitted times;
  • exemptions for snow removal on private and public property;
  • provisions applicable township-wide, not just in residential areas; and
  • additionally updated short-form wording and set fines will align with standard rates throughout the province. 

Wellington County and Wellington OPP say having county-wide noise bylaw with consistent rules will make enforcement easier. 

The remaining lower-tier municipalities in the county are set to review and consider adopting the bylaw.