Kingston Bylaws

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Here’s a quick overview of City of Kingston Bylaws with regard to noise, yards and parking; knowing them will help you avoid headaches in the future.

The Kingston Noise bylaw prohibits, among other things,

  1. Persistent barking, calling or whining or other similar persistent noise-making by animals and birds kept as household pets.
  2. Unauthorized setting off of fireworks
  3. In a residential area, such as the vast majority of the University District, residents are not permitted at any time — 24/7 – to operate of any device or group of connected devices intended for the production, reproduction, or amplification of voices or sound.
  4. Again in a residential area, residents are not allowed to yell, shout, hoot, whistle, sing or play musical instruments between 9pm and 7am.

Interesting right? Essentially you must keep noise inside your house where it can’t be heard by neighbours! Here are the basics for Yards
Yards, compounds and lands whether vacant or not shall be kept clear and free from:

  1. Rubbish and debris (garbage)
  2. Unsightly weeds and heavy undergrowth (grass longer than 20 centimetres (8 inches))
  3. Any furniture that is manufactured for interior use.
  4. Appliances including refrigerators, stoves and freezers shall not be left in yards, interior stairwells, or hallways and shall not be used as places of storage.

It’s the occupying tenant’s job to keep the yard free of garbage and interior furniture — even if that garbage gets on your lawn from somewhere or someone else.

Street parking in Kingston is restricted by time of day and time of year. Read the signs carefully and take note of winter parking restrictions. Parking on your lawn, front or back, is prohibited unless the area is approved for parking. For more information on all the Kingston bylaws including the ones discussed here, check out this page on the City of Kingston website.

For More Information

Visit the Municipal Affairs Commission webpage or email mac@ams.queensu.ca

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