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Although the buildings meet construction code requirements, they are not sound proof. In wood frame buildings noise and vibration can easily travel to neighbouring suites. Residents need to be tolerant of the noise generated by the activities of daily living in a family and pet friendly building. They also need to be very considerate of how their activities affect their neighbours, especially during the bylaw quiet time from 11:00pm to 7:00am. This applies to in-suite noise, on balconies or patios, and in hallways, stairwells, and in common areas. Construction noise like assembling furniture or in-suite installations are not permitted after 7:00pm. Residents are asked to be aware of their surroundings and use common sense and consideration for their neighbours.  Remember....a good neighbour is a priceless treasure. 

Noise Reduction Strategies 

Sound transmission in a wood frame structure is an issue that needs to be managed through the cooperation of courteous and tolerant neighbours. Although the noise bylaw at Mira Vista is from 11:00pm to 7:00am it is important to minimize extraneous noise at all times of day and

especially after 10:00pm for the benefit of everyone.


Sources of noise include:

  • TV and stereo volume levels above normal range of 60 decibels or having the bass turned on

  • releasing drawers and doors instead of placing them especially in the kitchen island

  • heavy footfalls from walking barefoot or heel first is a significant source of noise and vibration.

  • loud voices from patios echo into the inner courtyard making private conversations readily audible 

  • vacuuming after hours of 10:00pm or before 7:00am

  • tossing toys or balls for your dog

  • children jumping from furniture or skipping

  • dragging chairs across the patio balconies


Strategies to reduce noise include:

  • reduce the volume levels of TV or stereo and turn off the bass especially after 10 pm and before 7 am

  • place speakers on sound barrier padding

  • place drawers and doors into position with care instead of pushing them closed 

  • wear soft sole indoor footwear and put down area rugs that decrease noise and vibration.  

  • keep voices modulated to quiet conversational levels

  • plan housekeeping for daytime vacuuming

  • plan outdoor playtime for children and use indoor area rugs or padded play mats

  • plan ball fetch for pets during outdoor time

  • lift and place dining room and patio chairs into position instead of dragging them

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