Understanding Bylaws can help you to make responsible decisions as a member of the Queen’s and Kingston communities. Following local Bylaws fosters a safe, caring community and helps you avoid penalties, negative interactions with law enforcement or neighbours, and potential sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct.
University District Safety Initiative
The University District Safety Initiative (UDSI) was established to reduce the strain put on emergency services during times when large street parties take place, particularly during move-in, orientation week, homecoming weekend, and St. Patrick's Day.
You can find an outline of the Nuisance Party Bylaw, the University Safety Initiative, Administrative Monetary Penalties and how to host responsibly here.
Noise Bylaws are in place to reduce excessive noise in residential areas. Show consideration for others by being mindful of noise levels at all hours. Minimize disruption and avoid fines by:
Keeping social gatherings inside and closing doors and windows to contain noise.
Being aware of shared walls.
Avoiding yelling, slamming doors, and honking horns.
Any amplified music or sound causing disturbance, and any persistent noisemaking by a household pet, is prohibited at all times.
You can find a full list of noise bylaws here.
Nuisance Party Bylaw
The Nuisance Party Bylaw was put into effect by the City of Kingston in 2018. You can read an outline of the bylaws purpose and how you might be subject to it here.
Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)
Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) were implemented in 2020 to more effectively deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are found participating in nuisance behaviour you may receive a penalty notice instead of a Provincial Offences Act ticket. A list of AMPs can be found here.