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City of Burlington grants noise bylaw exemptions to three construction project sites

Photo by Matthew Hamilton on Unsplash
Photo by Matthew Hamilton on Unsplash

Three construction project sites in Burlington have been granted noise bylaw exemptions by the City at: the QEW at North Shore Boulevard East, 1800 Tobyn Drive and Hwy. 403 at King Road.

Noise bylaw exemptions are typically needed when construction equipment must be used before 7 a.m. and/or after 7 p.m. Construction equipment refers to any equipment or device designed and intended for use in construction or material handling. These can include air compressors, pile drivers, pneumatic or hydraulic tools, bulldozers, tractors, excavators, trenches, cranes, derricks, loaders, scrapers, pavers, generators, off-highway haulers or trucks, ditchers, compactors and rollers, pumps, concrete mixers, graders or other material handling equipment. (Note: this is not an exhaustive list.)

Notifications about the noise exemptions are given to residents living within 150 metres of the project site.

QEW at North Shore Boulevard EastNoise exemption_QEW_NorthShore

  • Work is expected to begin on or around:
    • Wednesday, May 1 at 10 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.
    • Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10 p.m. until Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

1800 Tobyn DriveNoise exemption_1800TobynDrive

  • Work was expected to begin on or around Friday, Feb. 8 until Friday, May 31 – construction will take place from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and heaters (see below) will be running 24 hours.
  • In a letter sent to the City of Burlington (received on Feb. 8, 2019): Tobyn Park Homes and Walkers Green Residences Ltd. are currently constructing a 4-storey, 91-unit condominium that requires a temporary natural gas heating system until May 31, 2019
  • The heating is needed to complete all finishings in the condo building and the 91 units during the winter months. The heating system consists of three 700,000 BTUs natural gas construction heaters that run on a 24-hour clock, seven days a week.
  • While the heaters are running, they make a sound similar to air moving through a pipe.
  • In their letter, the developers write that every effort to restrict the excessive noise during that time will be taken.

Hwy. 403 at King RoadNoise exemption_Hwy403_KingRd

  • Work is expected to begin on or around Wednesday, March 20 at 10 p.m. until Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at 6 a.m.
  • The proposed work deals with upgrading 20 variable message signs.

Hwy. 403 at King Road and QEW, Fort Erie bound, near Brant Street

  • Work is expected to begin on or around March 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021.

Sometimes, due to uncontrollable circumstances, such as weather conditions, it may be necessary for the proposed times and dates of the exemptions to change. If additional dates and/or times are needed, then exemption requests have to be provided to the City of Burlington before then.

To view the City’s Nuisance and Noise Bylaw 19-2003, click the link or head to the City of Burlington’s online Bylaws page.

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10 thoughts on “City of Burlington grants noise bylaw exemptions to three construction project sites”

  1. By law is a joke in Burlington. Anybody who has ever had to deal with a problem neighbour knows that the By Law Department is a giant waste of taxpayer money. They don’t investigate. They don’t enforce the laws on the rare occasions they do. They don’t fine offenders who purposely circumvent the law. The same is true for contractors. Contractors will run generators half the night and when you complain, they purposely increase the noise levels. I’ve had them come and pound bob cats at the end of my property at 7am as payback. Its really quite appalling. The By Law enforcement team takes the approach that, if they ignore the noise complaints, residents will get tired of complaining. Truly we should not be paying most of the bylaw salaries since there is not value there for residents. In Oakville laws are enforced because residents would never tolerate it and would throw city council out.

    1. Hi Lynn, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. I’m sorry to hear that you are experiencing issues related to bylaw enforcement in your area – is there a particular bylaw you are witnessing being contravened and have you contacted the City of Burlington’s Bylaw Enforcement Department directly about it? If not, I would encourage you to call 905-335-7731 or visit and head down to the very bottom of the page to email the Bylaw Department and let them know of your concerns. I will also bring this up to Mayor Meed Ward and see if there is anything further the Mayor’s Office can do to assist. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

      1. John… I have called the ByLaw Dept on a Sunday, to complain, but the interest was, audibly, low and I was told nobody works on Sunday… this happened last year… has anything changed? I have no motivation to involve the city, any longer… no teeth…

        1. Hi Kevin,
          This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.
          I am sorry that was your experience when contacting the City of Burlington’s Bylaw Enforcement Department. During the 2019 Operating Budget talks, City Council approved two additional municipal bylaw enforcement officers in an effort to tackle this issue, among others. Please see the link to the Mayor’s previous post on the subject: Hopefully, having more staff available will help in continuing to have all of the City’s bylaws be enforced.
          Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

    2. Have 3 houses being renovated near me, so this summer has been noisy… But that is what we pay our taxes for, right… to listen to the noise from contractors who will reap ALL of the benefits…
      … two contractors decided they would do their roofs on Sundays in the past few months… no enforcement on Sunday lets them get away with this action…

      1. Hi Kevin,
        John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media Specialist, here again. The City’s noise bylaw was updated in 2011 to prohibit the operation of any construction equipment in connection with construction all day on Sundays and Statutory Holidays. So, if you are witnessing a contravention of that bylaw, I would encourage you to follow up with (if you’ve already contacted) the City’s Bylaw Enforcement Department, by calling 905-335-7731 or emailing I did respond to your other comment regarding contacting Bylaw Enforcement on a Sunday (re: the hiring of two additional enforcement officers) – I’m sorry if that was your experience when contacting them with your complaint, however, if you haven’t seen a change or the bylaw you mentioned is still being contravened, please contact the department again and let them know.
        Again, thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

  2. Link to the Noise By-Law, please….
    No idea why it is 7am to 7pm… What happened to 9-5? That is when most of us work. We need our sleep, not the sound of construction vehicles…
    And Saturdays? Most families are HOME on Saturdays…
    And Sundays… No By-Law officers to enforce the Entitled Contractors who ignore this restriction…
    Getting really tired of Burlington and its bowing down to Developers and Contractors…

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