Nuisance Party Bylaw
The City is exploring the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw as a local enforcement tool. The introduction of a Nuisance Party Bylaw would 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 intended scope of a Nuisance Party Bylaw proposed for the City of Kingston would 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 feedback on the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw will be considered in the drafting of a bylaw. It is anticipated a draft Nuisance Party Bylaw will be presented to the Administrative Policies Committee for consideration in early 2018.
Residents are invited to share their feedback on the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw at a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 27. Comments and feedback can be emailed to Greg McLean, policy and program coordinator, at email@example.com until Dec. 8.
Additional opportunities for residents to ask questions about the concept of a Nuisance Party Bylaw are available on the City's online engagement site, Get Involved Kingston.