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Noise By-law Enforcement


The City of St. Catharines has a noise by-law to address issues such as persistent noise created by construction, combustible motors, barking, whining or calling domestic animals and music and yelling.


Noise complaints are referred to Legal and Clerks Services, Legal Services which deals directly with each complaint as it is received.

A written complaint, signed by the complainant, is required before the complaint can be processed. The complaint must contain the following information:

  • Name, address and phone number of the complainant
  • Name of the property owner or tenant, if known, and the address of the property that is subject to the complaint
  • Specific details of the complaint, such as the type of noise and when it is occurring

Complaints should  be mailed to the attention of Legal Services or delivered in person to Legal and Clerks Services, third floor, City Hall.

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 can result in a fine of $365.


View the Noise By-law.
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