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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: City of Toronto introduces new regulations for construction noise and exemption permits
September 23rd, 2019 5:21 pm     A+ | a-
 
Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON


On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that include changes to the regulations for construction noise and noise exemption permits. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a larger noise by-law review to make the bylaw easier to understand and enforce.
 
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work will no longer be exempt as of right from the noise bylaw. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit.
 
CURRENT PROJECTS 

Projects that will be completed by Dec. 31 and have existing building permits will not be subject to obtaining a continuous pour and large crane work exemption permit.
 
Projects for which a noise exemption permit has already been granted will not have to resubmit if the project is completed by Dec. 31.
 
Projects that will continue into 2020 will be subject to noise exemption permits, including permits for continuous concrete pouring and large crane work. These exemption permits should be applied for as soon as practicable after Oct. 1.
 
PROJECTS WITHOUT EXISTING PERMITS

Projects are subject to the new noise by-law and are subject to the new exemption permit process, including continuous concrete pouring and large crane work exemption permits.
 
NOISE EXEMPTION PERMIT AND NOISE MITIGATION PLAN

The City of Toronto has developed a noise mitigation plan template for the revised noise by-law to help organizations meet this requirement. Click here to see the Noise Mitigation Plan Template, which has been posted on the City's website.
 
Applicants can now submit noise exemption permit applications electronically and in-person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office. More information is on the City's website.

Municipal licensing and standards (ML&S) has the authority to review, approve or deny exemption permits for continuous pouring and large crane work. Councillors will have 14 days to review all other noise exemption permit applications.
 
ML&S can request noise monitoring, mitigation plans, or a statement certified by a professional engineer or acoustical consultant for any sounds that cannot be technically controlled. 
 
Relevant links:
Noise Exemption Permit Application
Noise Mitigation Plan Template
Noise By-Law


Nadia Todorova is RESCON's director of government relations. Email her at todorova@rescon.com. Paul De Berardis is RESCON’s director of building science and innovation. Email him at deberardis@rescon.com.
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