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Noise Control

Blaring music, outdoor celebrations, work, mechanical equipment – all these can be sources of noise pollution in a neighbourhood. To ensure that everyone has a pleasant living environment, noise levels must be controlled.

Be Careful About Noise, Think of Your Neighbours!

It is prohibited at all times to make or incite to make noise that could disturb the peace or tranquility of the neighbourhood, or even interfere with the peaceful use of the property. (By-law No. 1380-8)

To preserve the peace and quiet of your neighbourhood, it is forbidden to engage in construction work, of any nature whatsoever, that has the effect of emitting noise outdoors:

  • before 7:00 and after 20:00, from Monday to Friday inclusive;
  • before 9:00 and after 17:00, on Saturdays;
  • on Sundays and statutory holidays. (By-law No. 1380-2)

It is forbidden to use a lawnmower or electric hedge clippers, and to engage in landscaping work that has the effect of emitting noise outdoors:

  • before 7:00 and after 20:00, from Monday to Friday inclusive;
  • before 10:00 and after 16:00, on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. (By-law No. 1380-3)

It is forbidden to use a leaf blower (By-law No. 1380-4):   

  • at any time between June 15 and September 30. However, the use of a leaf blower is allowed during tree cutting and pruning work performed by the Town or by a specialized contractor;
  • between October 1 and June 15, before 7:00 and after 20:00 from Monday to Friday inclusive, before 10:00 and after 16:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

Learn About the Regulatory Provisions Applicable to Mechanical Equipment

Mount Royal has implemented specific regulations regarding noise emissions from mechanical equipment, including thermopumps, water heaters, generator units, etc. in residential neighbourhoods. It should also be noted that a permit is required before such mechanical equipment can be installed.

Of course, the noise produced by mechanical equipment is likely to travel well beyond the limits of the property on which it is installed. Our regulations take into account this additional potential irritation. We cannot overstress the importance of adapting the placement of units to their immediate surroundings in order to keep noise emissions to a minimum. Some mechanical equipment, even high-quality equipment, emits noise levels that cannot be sufficiently dampened by a barrier or enclosure. In such cases, owners may be forced to move their equipment or to stop using it altogether.

Making a Complaint

When it comes to noise complaints, Town of Mount Royal encourages the complaining party first to contact the neighbour or neighbours involved before turning to the Town. Acting in this neighbourly manner could result in better cooperation and a quicker resolution of the problem.

For more information about our noise-control regulations or to file a compliant, call the Urban Planning and Inspection Division at 514 734-3042.


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