VENTILATION/EXHAUST FAN NOISE
A noisy exhaust fan was recently installed in a business near my house. I can’t open my windows without hearing its incessant drone. Is there anything that can be done?
Yes. Contact a Bylaw Officer at 604-527-4657. A Bylaw Officer will investigate the complaint, and if appropriate, take enforcement action. Before calling, be prepared to give a detailed and accurate account of the problem including: the address where the fan is located; the quality of the noise (e.g. whirring, humming, vibrating, rotational, etc.); the time of day when the noise occurs; the duration of the disturbance; and any patterns that you may have noticed.
My neighbor has wild parties that disturb everyone in the neighbourhood. What can I do to stop this from occurring?
For a party in progress that is disturbing the peace call the New Westminster Police Department non-emergency line at 604-525-5411. Request a file number for follow up. Keep a log of occurrences and file numbers.
If it is an on-going issue and you live in a rental apartment building, contact your building manager. If it is an on-going issue and you live in a townhouse or condominium, contact your Strata Council. The folks managing your building are in the best position to deal with the problem and may know of others who have been disturbed. If, despite taking this action, the problem persists contact a Bylaw Officer at 604-527-4657. Before calling be prepared to give a detailed and accurate description including: the address of your building; a log of dates and times you have been disturbed; any patterns that you may have noticed such as duration of the noise and/or particular days of the week it occurs; and details of your contact with the manager or Strata Council regarding the problem.
If it is an on-going issue occurring in a neighbouring property and police have been contacted for previous occurrences, contact a Bylaw Officer at 604-527-4657. Before calling be prepared to give a detailed and accurate description of the problem including: the address of the property; a log of dates and times you have been disturbed; any patterns that you may have noticed such as duration of the noise and/or particular days of the week it occurs; details of any actions you have taken to resolve the issue; and police file numbers if relevant.
Noise between units within the same property (rental or strata-owned):
Contact your building management to discuss the problem. Be prepared to provide logs of the disturbance. It is the landlord or strata council’s responsibility to ensure residents living in the same building co-exist peacefully.
My neighbor is retired and practically lives in his garage tinkering on different projects. Frequently his projects require hammering or using a table saw. I never seem to get a day of peace and quiet.
Try discussing the problem with the property owner. If you are not comfortable approaching the owner, or if attempts to resolve the issue with the owner have failed, contact a Bylaw Officer at 604-527-4657. Before calling be prepared to give a detailed and accurate description of the problem including: the address that is the source of the noise; a log of dates and times you have been disturbed; any patterns that you may have noticed such as duration of the noise and/or particular days of the week it occurs; and details of what actions you have taken to resolve the issue.
Enforcement options may be limited if the activity is a hobby and not related to a business activity. The Bylaw officer may be able to mediate a reasonable solution.
There is a car alarm going off in my neighbourhood.
Contact the New Westminster Police service non-emergency line at 604-525-5411.
They will investigate the complaint and, if appropriate, take action. Be prepared to provide a street address or parking lot in which the vehicle is parked and a description of the vehicle including the licence plate number.
If this is an on-going issue involving the same vehicle call a Bylaw Officer at 604-527-4657. Be prepared to provide a street address or parking lot in which the vehicle is parked and a description of the vehicle including the licence plate number. Providing dates and times of the disturbances would also be helpful.
My neighbor operates his leaf blower at 8:00 am on Saturday mornings. Is this allowed?
Yes. Providing it is in good working order, equipment used in lawn and garden care or in building and property maintenance is permitted to be used between 7:01 AM and 9:59
PM. This includes leaf blowers, edge trimmers, line trimmers, chippers, rototillers, lawnmowers, pressure washers and hand-operated tools. You may want to consider approaching your neighbor to discuss the issue. It is possible that he or she is unaware they are disturbing anyone. Upon request they may be willing to delay their work until later in the morning. Working cooperatively together it is likely you can come up with a mutually agreeable solution.
I moved into my new place a few months ago and had no idea I was so close to train tracks. The whistles in the middle of the night wake me up and disturb my sleep. It’s very annoying.
Railway activities are regulated by both Federal and Provincial laws are not within the City’s jurisdiction. The City is currently working with railway companies and federal and provincial agencies to reduce train whistling. If you feel the whistles are excessive, or if you have further questions contact the Engineering Department at 604-527-4592.
I live near Sixth Street and when I have my windows open in the summer I am regularly disturbed by motorcycles revving their engines as they speed up the street. What can be done?
Noise of this nature is beyond the scope of the City’s Noise Bylaw and may, depending on the situation, be a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act. If this is an on-going disturbance and/or you have a vehicle plate number that is related to the disturbance you may consider calling the New Westminster Police Department non-emergency number at 604-525-5411 and speaking to a member of the Traffic Section.
If you didn’t see your issue listed above contact a Bylaw Officer during City Hall business hours by calling 604-527-4657 or by emailing .
Or if you are experiencing a noise disturbance after hours and would like peace restored to the neighbourhood call the New Westminster Police Department non-emergency number at 604-525-5411.