Fines have been increased for infractions by the entertainment industry, and the maximum sound level outside such commercial premises was reduced from 65 dBC to 55 dBC in adjacent residences. Levels inside such premises were lowered from 115 dBA to 95 dBA. The levels are based on the zoning of the location. In industrial zoning they may be higher than in residential zoning.

With respect to construction noise, better signage was ordered for developments, with the name and phone number of the contractor(s) required. The presently allowed time from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. should be further reduced. There should be better shielding around drilling and jack hammers. It often takes six months to get to court regarding offences. Fines are minimal and range from $100 to $200 for first offences. The City has the power to issue tickets, but its power is limited. The City's power to revoke business licences of offenders could be expanded by the provincial government. More restrictions on construction noise are under consideration.

Aircraft noise is under federal jurisdiction. Local governments have only some limited power on the ground. The noisier type III aircraft will be taken out of traffic within 18 months. However, flight volume will easily make up for that reduction. Small aircraft, like float planes, are required to fly at least 2,500 feet above ground or structures on the ground. For inquiries or complaints one can phone 604-276- 6397 at the Vancouver International Airport. Night time take-offs are a particular problem, like those of Cathay Pacific Airlines with flights to Hongkong.

After Mr. Glenn's talk Ilse Schnirch presented him with one of our NOISE t- shirts for his kind effort.

The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

1Ed. note: This bylaw has now been rescinded as reported on page 4 of this newsletter.

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Right to Quiet Society Newsletter, Spring 2002

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