The City of Kingston enacted By-Law 2018-53 to regulate nuisance parties within the city of Kingston. This By-Law provides Kingston Police with the authority to declare a social gathering a nuisance party.

Nuisance Party By-Law Charges

Hosting or participating in a nuisance party can result in being charged with any of the following offences:

  • Create, cause, host, sponsor, conduct, continue, permit a nuisance party, s. 4.2.
  • Fail to comply with order to cease a nuisance party or leave premises, s. 4.6.
  • Permit subsequent nuisance party after receipt of warning notice, s. 4.10.
  • Use closed highway, s. 5.3.
  • Remove or deface a device placed on closed highway, s. 5.4.
  • Obstruct or hinder an officer, employee, or agent, s. 6.2.
  • Attempt to obstruct or hinder an officer, employee, or agent, s. 6.2.

Court Appearance

If you are charged under the Nuisance Party By-Law you will be required to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston, regardless of where you live, and you will not have the option to settle the charge by mail, phone, or online. The goal is to ensure people charged with an offence account for their actions in person.

Queen's University District Safety Initiative

In addition to the new Nuisance By-Law the City of Kingston in co-operation with Kingston Police and Queen’s University has developed the University District Safety Initiative.

As a result of unsanctioned street parties the Initiative was brought into effect to help ensure the safety of our community. Similar to the Nuisance Party By-Law, if you are charged within the parameters of this Initiative you will be required to attend court in Kingston. The following offences fall under the University District Safety Initiative.

Nuisance Party By-Law 2018-53.

  • Offences as listed above.

Liquor Licence Act.

  • Person under 19 years having or consuming liquor, s. 30(8).
  • Having liquor in open container or consuming liquor in other than licensed premises, residence, or private place, s. 31(2).
  • Being intoxicated in public place, s. 31(4).

Noise By-Law 2004-52.

  • Make, cause, permit noise by operating a device for the amplification of sound at prohibited time, s. 4.2, Sch. B, s. 6.
  • Make, cause, permit noise by yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, singing, or the playing of musical instruments at prohibited time, s. 4.2, Sch. B, s. 15.

Date and time of enforcement

The University District Safety Initiative will be in effect during the following times:

  • Move-in Day and Orientation Week:  From August 30, 2018, at 1:00 a.m. until September 10, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
  • Homecoming Weekend:  From October 19, 2018, at 1:00 a.m. until October 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
  • St. Patrick’s Day Weekend:  From March 15, 2019, at 1:00 a.m. until March 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

The Nuisance Party law is in effect all year long.