A city committee is recommending council make tweaks to its noise and nuisance bylaws, despite the fact that a majority of Calgarians surveyed say they’re fine with the status quo.
The changes to the community standards bylaw would include mandatory metal spark guides on backyard fire pits, as well as tougher fines for too much smoke – and for anyone who has a fire going after 1 a.m.
City bylaw officials received 373 complaints about fire pits in 2015, but did not hand out any tickets. Officials say the changes are aimed at a minority of Calgarians who suffer from health problems like asthma.
The committee is also asking the city to crack down on noise at outdoor concerts – and to keep flyers out of mailboxes that have ‘no junk mail’ signs posted.
Council is set to vote on the changes in December.