How much is too much?

Noise is part of urban life, but too much noise is disruptive and harmful. How much noise is too much? The District of Sparwood’s Community Standards Bylaw defines how much noise is acceptable, based on:

  • Where you are
  • Where the noise is coming from
  • What is making the noise
  • What time and day the noise is occurring

Please see section 3 of the Bylaw for exemptions regarding District or emergency vehicles, construction hours or infrastructure construction and repair.

How do I make a complaint about a noisy neighbour?

Fill out our Online Form or you can contact the Elk Valley Regional RCMP Detachment at 250.425.6233 or the Bylaw Enforcement Officer 250.425.6820 or by email at  Dial 9-1-1 when it is an urgent police, fire or ambulance matter where someone’s safety is an issue.

Noise from construction

Construction is a necessary - but often noisy - part of a growing and vibrant community.   Construction can take place at any time, so long as the noise does not affect others.  The Community Standards Bylaw restricts construction-related noise between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am daily.

Barking dogs

The Community Standards Bylaw does not allow barking dogs, birds or any other animal to unduly (excessively) bother someone at any time of day. 

If the problem occurs repeatedly, consider talking to your neighbour about the problem if you are comfortable doing so.  If that does not work, submit a complaint about a barking dog to the Animal Control Officer.