The City of St. Catharines has a noise by-law to address issues such as persistent noise created by construction, combustible motors, barking dogs, whining or calling of domestic animals, music and yelling.
Noise complaints relating to dog barking and/or whining or calling of domestic animals should be referred to Niagara Region Animal Services Inc. as follows:
All other noise complaints are referred to Legal and Clerks Services, Legal Services, which deals directly with each complaint as it is received.
A written complaint letter is required before the complaint can be processed by Legal Services. The complaint letter must contain the following information:
Letters should be mailed to the attention of Legal Services, or delivered in person to Legal and Clerks Services, third floor, City Hall. If you have any questions please contact Legal Services at 905-688-5601 ext. 1521.
The person(s) creating the disturbance are formally contacted by written notice and may be subject to prosecution in the event of continuing non-compliance.
Complaints may also be made to the Niagara Regional Police Service to be dealt with appropriately.
In the event of a prosecution, a conviction for this type of offence can result in a fine of up to $5,000.
A ticket issued by a Niagara Regional Police Officer and/or Animal Control Officer can result in a fine of up to $365.