Ucluelet police are reminding locals and visitors to be respectful while celebrating the spring season.
“In the nice weather you still have to be mindful of your neighbours,” Const. Jarrett Duncan of the Ucluelet RCMP told the Westerly. “As we all know, Ucluelet is such a quiet community at night that voices and noise can travel far distances so a lot of people can hear it.”
Ucluelet’s noise control bylaw is in effect every day from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
“No person shall make or cause, or permit to be made or caused, any noise, loud music or similar disturbance of the peace, in or on a public or private place, which disturbs or tends to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort, or convenience of any person or persons in the neighborhood or vicinity,” the bylaw states.
The bylaw also prohibits excessive noise, including whistling, in public areas.
“Yelling, shouting, whistling or singing on any street, highway or any other public place at any time so as to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort, or convenience of any persons in any hospital, dwelling, hotel, motel or other type of residence,” is prohibited under the bylaw.
Duncan said police received several noise complaints about an April 14 house party and he spoke with the resident of the house to bring them up to speed on local laws.
“I let them know that the noise they were creating was bothering their neighbours and that they need to be respectful,” Duncan said.
“It is one thing to enjoy your property and have a bonfire because the weather is nice, but you’ve still got to remember that you have neighbours…Ultimately you are responsible for what happens on your property and there are bylaws that can be enforced.”
Anyone caught disobeying Ucluelet’s noise bylaw can be fined $100 for a first offence, $150 for a second and $250 for a third.
Duncan said local police enforce local bylaws and he noted Ucluelet’s seasonal bylaw enforcement officers will be back on their beat next month.