Nuisance Party and Noise Bylaws Changes to Address Risky Gatherings

Published on: 2020/08/25 - in News

The City of Kingston reports it is introducing Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) for the Nuisance Party and Noise Bylaws – meaning that fines for contravening these bylaws can now be issued and resolved directly through the City – due to the increased risks posed by nuisance behaviours during the current pandemic.

“Normally, nuisance behaviours can be disruptive for community members, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings that result in a nuisance complaint could pose a greater risk to the community,” said Kyle Compeau, Manager of Licensing and Enforcement for the City. “This adjusted process will allow bylaw officers to respond expediently by providing an immediate, tangible deterrent to nuisance behaviour.”

This decision came about following close consultation and collaboration with Kingston Police and KFL&A Public Health, and subsequently approved at Council’s August 11 meeting, as an alternative to nuisance behaviour enforcement across the City.

The new policy is also being promoted as helping to alleviate pressure on the provincial process, which normally processes fines for the Nuisance Party and Noise Bylaws and has suspended operations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The AMP process will include due process provisions, including a right of appeal to an independent hearings officer.

According to a City release: Kingston Police and Municipal Enforcement Officers will still be able to issue fines through the standard process, meaning that a fine under the Nuisance Party Bylaw could still result in a Part One Court Summons.

“As always, the priority is to ensure bylaw compliance through education. We want to ensure that residents are aware of how this change affects them. If you have any questions about AMPs, don’t hesitate to speak with a member of our team,” said Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Licensing and Enforcement for the City.

Learn more about the new AMP process by visiting the City’s bylaw page

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