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Kingston City Council has given 1st and 2nd readings to a Nuisance Party Bylaw, which will serve as a local enforcement tool. The introduction of a Nuisance Party Bylaw will provide Police and Bylaw Enforcement with the ability, under one City-wide bylaw, to address the negative impacts on neighbourhoods of behaviours associated with large social gatherings.

The scope of the Nuisance Party Bylaw will be limited to addressing behaviour specific to large social gatherings or parties, rather than a catch-all bylaw attempting to curtail all public nuisance behaviour. By exercising the authority provided under a nuisance party bylaw, an Order can be issued by Police for large social gatherings to cease, and for the dispersal of people not residing at a residence where the social gathering is occurring.

Bylaws of this nature have been enacted by a number of Ontario municipalities, bridging the gap between existing bylaws and charges under the Criminal Code. The regulatory purpose of this concept is to create a duty upon those hosting a social event or party to control the participants, and to give law enforcement personnel a mechanism to control and disperse people where the event has become a public nuisance. Nuisance party bylaws can therefore provide additional enforcement options beyond those available under existing bylaws and statutes.

Public consultation

Public feedback on the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw was considered in the drafting of the bylaw. Residents were invited to share their feedback on the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw at a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 27., and by email to staff until December 8.

Additional opportunities for residents to ask questions about the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw were available on the City's online engagement site, Get Involved Kingston.

A draft Nuisance Party Bylaw was presented to the Administrative Policies Committee for consideration on February 8, 2018. The committee supported the bylaw, as drafted and it subsequently received 1st and 2nd readings at City Council on February 20, 2018.

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