The West Vancouver Noise Bylaw bans certain noises in certain areas of the city. This includes rock blasting, construction noise, and Pickleball. In contrast, other areas of the city are allowed to create noise. This is important to consider when choosing an activity that involves sound. The rules are often confusing, so it’s best to get help from a local attorney.
The City of Vancouver has recently passed a bylaw that makes it illegal to play loud music in certain areas. This bylaw, number 6555, relegates live music to the category of “noise pollution.” It grants city officials the power to restrict the use of acoustic instruments and prohibits the sound of live music in certain areas. This bylaw also diminishes the job security of musicians. Moreover, it creates conditions where making music becomes a form of civil disobedience. Thus, musicians are seen as lawbreakers for selfless acts, while developers are granted permission to create obnoxious noise without repercussions.
Several decades ago, a group at Simon Fraser University started the World Soundscape Project to study and document noise pollution. It later shifted its focus to studying the changing sounds of Vancouver and other places. The group has recorded the city’s soundscape in various locations over a 40-year period. These recordings include compositions, lectures and interviews.
Today, the city’s “noise climate” has deteriorated in major highways and industrial areas. As a result, the local soundscape has been lost under a sea of noise. Historically, the soundscape of Vancouver consisted of church bells, but it is a far cry from that in post-industrial Vancouver. While church bells are exempted from most noise bylaws, the sounds of private development and government construction dominate the area’s soundscape.
In 1974, the Donner Canadian Foundation sponsored a study of the soundscape of the city. The researchers used recordings from a cross-Canada recording tour to create a soundscape portrait of the city. They also made a point of recording individual sounds and soundmarks. These sounds are valuable for future researchers.
Although West Vancouver has a noise bylaw prohibiting rock blasting, it doesn’t apply to all construction noise. The definition of construction noise is specific to West Vancouver, and it focuses on continuous noise, not peak noise. Regardless of the reason, rock blasting isn’t a welcome sound in many parts of the city, especially those surrounded by residential neighborhoods.
Vibrations from a blast can be felt in varying levels in different locations, including the ground, air, and surface. Depending on the amount of explosive used and the location on a property, the sound of the blast can shake a house. This is especially true if pets are present, which can be startled by the sound. The sound of a blast can also be felt through vibrations in objects, including windows and doors.
A 38-inch wire fence will be built around the property. The amount of blasting will be limited to six hours daily, Monday to Friday. No blasting will occur on weekends or legal holidays. Further, a berm surrounding the property will be at least 20 feet high.
The contractor for this project is Global Rock Works. They are using an innovative new method to blast away the rock. The company uses a method known as GeoBreak Expanding Grout. These blasting techniques are less noisy and do not cause damage to nearby structures. The method has been used to remove two old bascule piers in 20 feet of water.
A petition with over 100 signatures was sent to West Vancouver’s mayor this summer, asking her to lift the restriction on pickleball courts. So far, the mayor’s office has only responded with empty words and time-stalling tactics. In the meantime, West Vancouver pickleball players are hoping that the city will find a suitable location for a new pickleball complex. However, that will be a difficult task, considering the limited space available in the city.
While the noise from pickleball is not particularly loud, it may not be loud enough for those who can’t stand the noise. A dedicated court is needed, as well as permanent nets. This means that people do not have to spend time setting up or tearing down nets. As a result, more people will be able to enjoy this sport. This is especially important for senior residents, who may not be able to put up a temporary net and continue playing all day long.
Pickleball is becoming increasingly popular in metro Vancouver. However, residents in nearby neighbourhoods have complained about the noise from the activity.
West Vancouver’s construction noise bylaw aims to protect residents from excessive noise, especially in residential neighbourhoods. Specifically, it limits the amount of noise from construction sites within five metres of any building or Premises. The bylaw also requires that noise is measured from the point of reception.
The construction noise bylaw is enforced Monday to Friday. However, construction is not permitted on Sundays or Statutory Holidays. Residents can buy ear plugs to protect themselves against excessive noise and make sure construction noise does not disrupt the daily lives of neighbours. In the event that the construction noise bylaw is broken, residents are advised to seek compensation from the developers.
The Broadway Subway Project is causing a series of noise complaints. While the City of Vancouver and project managers have yet to respond to complaints, residents have documented a constant droning noise. Noise levels from the project have reached between 80 to 100 decibels. According to WorkSafeBC, prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels can lead to hearing damage. For this reason, employers are required to monitor noise levels and provide hearing protection for their employees.
The construction noise bylaw in West Vancouver allows for some exceptions. For example, emergency vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances are exempted from the noise bylaw. Similarly, equipment used in emergency repair of public services or utilities is not subject to Construction Noise.
Party hosts fined for violating noise bylaw
A 40-year-old West Vancouver man has been fined $2,300 for hosting a party in violation of a city noise bylaw. The incident occurred after a neighbor reported hearing loud music and voices coming from a ground floor business. The Vancouver Police Department was called to the scene after the neighbour said they heard loud music and voices coming from his party.
The party, held in a short-term rental, was a cause of the fine. Police arrived to a loud party and found around 200 young adults in one house. Several fights broke out. One 20-year-old partygoer was seriously injured and needed hospital treatment. Fortunately, the West Vancouver party hosts were not arrested. Police said the owner of the property was a promoter, who was charged a cover fee to the guests.
The incident took place on Halloween night in West Vancouver, B.C., and involved three party hosts. The first was in the 1800-block of Mathers Avenue, where more than six guests from outside the home were present. The second occurred at 9:45 p.m. at a home where approximately twenty-four youth were gathered.
Impacts of noise pollution on babies
Studies have shown that noise pollution can negatively impact babies’ health. Infants exposed to high levels of noise are at a greater risk for developing hearing loss, cochlear damage, stunted growth, and other conditions. Exposure to excessive noise during the early months of life can also result in high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and decreased oxygen saturation. The effects of noise exposure can last a lifetime.
Preterm infants are especially susceptible to the adverse physiological effects of noise. Their heart rate and blood pressure increase, resulting in increased caloric intake and decreased oxygen saturation. This can cause problems with their development, including low birth weight and preterm birth. Noise pollution can also cause maternal and fetal stress.
Children exposed to excessive noise can experience changes in their behavior and cognition. Long-term exposure can affect a child’s performance on standardized tests and his or her ability to learn. The severity of these effects depends on the source of the noise. However, there are measures that can be taken to limit exposure to excessive noise.
The World Health Organization defines noise as “unwanted sound”. Noise is everywhere: from cars and construction sites to air conditioners and toys. Excessive noise from vehicles and traffic is bad for children’s hearing. Even loud music and loud concerts can cause hearing loss. To reduce exposure to noise, parents should turn down the volume of their children’s headphones or use earplugs.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.