It’s Thursday night. You have to work in the morning. It’s apparent by the noisy party coming from your neighbour’s house that they do not. You’ve tried to tell them to keep it down but the request has gone unheard. What to do now?
The Saskatoon Noise Bylaw #8244 defines something as bothersome if it is:
- Unreasonably loud or excessive
- Any noise that unreasonably disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivity
- Any noise that is so harsh, prolonged, unnatural or unusual in time or place as to cause unreasonable discomfort to anybody within the neighbourhood from which the noises come from, or as to unnecessarily interfere with the peace and comfort of neighbours or their guests, or customers businesses, or as to detrimentally or adversely affect such residences or places of business.
If you find it meets one or more of these criterion, and you’ve tried talking to your neighbour (or feel that it wouldn’t resolve the matter if you did), call Police at (306) 975-8300 and an available officer will respond.
When Police become involved, they review all of the circumstances before making any further decisions. This includes considering; how close the sound is to sleeping facilities, either residential or commercial; where it comes from and where it is received or perceived; time of day or night the sound occurs; duration; volume; nature; whether the noise is recurrent, intermittent or constant; and if it emanates from an event or activity, such as a party or festival.
If the Police Officers are not able to make their own observations, then a witness statement from a complainant who is willing to go to court will be required to pursue a charge.
A charge under the Noise Bylaw may be warranted if the noise is considered unnecessary or unusual, and annoys, disturbs or injures others or can be considered harsh or prolonged in creating a discomfort to people in the neighbourhood.
If the noise or party is still active when Police arrive, they can respond in three ways:
- Issue a warning to the occupants
- Issue a $100 bylaw offence ticket
- Issue a summons to appear in court where a fine of up to $10,000 can be levied by the Judge
If the party has quieted down or Police are not able to attend right away, but you would still like to leave a complaint, you will be required to leave a witness statement describing the event and resulting complaint in detail. If a charge is laid, you must then be prepared to share that story in court.