The Regional District of Central Kootenay is stepping up enforcement of noise control in the Slocan Valley this summer in response to resident complaints.
A media release from the RDCK stated that in addition to enforcing their noise control bylaw, they will also be cracking down on large music events in the area if a special events permit has not been acquired.
The crackdown comes after many Slocan Valley residents have vocalized noise concerns surrounding live music events in the area over the summer.
The media release stated that the RDCK bylaw enforcement team and RCMP are working together to coordinate a response to noise complaint issues and enforcement procedures are being planned.
“We have heard from a number of concerned residents throughout the Slocan Valley and we are taking each of these inquiries seriously,” said Jordan Dupuis, from the RDCK bylaw enforcement team in the media release.
“Organizers of events are responsible to educate themselves with the noise control bylaw and the special events permit bylaw. Event organizers should expect to be contacted by RDCK staff prior to their event to be advised of the bylaw requirements. The RDCK, in cooperation with the RCMP, may enforce the bylaws if compliance does not occur.”
It also stated that groups or individuals who violate the bylaws will face fines.
Anyone planning on hosting an event where 200 or more people are expected to attend must obtain a special events permit which can be acquired by contacting the RDCK.
Slocan Valley residents who experience a noise disturbance after business hours throughout the summer months can contact the RCMP to report the violation. Residents who are impacted by a large event can submit a witness statement to the RDCK bylaw team via email.