Noise Control

The City of Chilliwack's Community Standards Bylaw regulates or prohibits the making of objectionable noise within the City of Chilliwack that may disturb the quiet or enjoyment of other individuals. Noise from amplified music, parties, construction noise, and barking dogs are examples of noises that you or your neighbours might find disturbing. Depending on the specific circumstances, these noises may be prohibited by bylaw.

The information below provides a brief summary of some of the most common noise issues experienced in our community and who to contact for more information or to lodge a complaint.

  • General Noise Which Disturbs: This may include amplified or loud music, parties, shouting, yelling, etc. Depending on the specific circumstances of each situation, these noises may be prohibited by bylaw. Some of the factors that are considered include the nature of the noise, the time of day that the noise is occurring, the duration and frequency of the noise, the zoning of the property from which the noise is emanating, etc.
      • Telephone Bylaw Enforcement at 604-793-2908, or Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 (after-hours).
  • Construction Noise - Construction noise is permitted Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Construction noise is not permitted at any time on Sundays, or Monday-Saturday before 7:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m.
      • Telephone Bylaw Enforcement at 604-793-2908.
  • Barking dogs: The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) manages all Animal Control enforcement and handles all complaints of excessive barking.
      • Telephone Animal Control at 1-844-495-2273
  • Noise Occurring Within a Multifamily or Strata Property: If you reside in a multifamily or strata property, such as a townhouse or apartment complex, and are experiencing issues with noise within your complex, you must forward your complaint to the property management company, landlord, or strata council.
      • If you are not a resident of the strata property (i.e. you live at a neighbouring property), telephone Bylaw Enforcement at 604-793-2908, or Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 (after-hours).
  • Commercial and Industrial noise: Noise from commercial and industrial properties that border a residential zone may not exceed 65 dBA between the hours of 9PM and 7AM. Noise from commercial and industrial properties that border a non-residential zone may not exceed 80 dBA between the hours of 9PM and 7AM.
      • Telephone Bylaw Enforcement at 604-793-2908.
  • Noise Originating From a Permitted Agricultural Operation: Farming practices are regulated through the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act. This is Provincial legislation that is governed by the B.C. Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB).
      • Telephone BCFIRB at 1-800-663-7867 or e-mail firb@gov.bc.ca.

NOTE: This information guide is provided as a general reference only. A complete certified copy of the bylaw is available for reading or purchase from the Clerk's Department at the Municipal Hall, 8550 Young Road, Chilliwack, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, 604.793.2986.

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