Construction noise

Noise from demolition and construction sites

Demolition and construction are an essential part of 21st century living. The law aims to strike a balance between allowing building work to proceed without undue levels of disturbance to local residents.

With this in mind no noisy work should be undertaken on site outside the following approved hours of working:

  • Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm

  • Saturday - 8am to 1pm

  • Sundays and Bank Holidays - no working

However:

  • Contractors may work outside these hours if they are not causing any noise i.e. painting and decorating.

  • The times can vary on occasions where health and safety prevails.

  • There is a responsibility on the developer or builder to keep noise on site down 'where reasonably practicable'. So, for example, they may not be able to make a pneumatic drill quiet but they have a responsibility to ensure it has a noise-reducing jacket on it or that a radio played on site is at a level that does not disturb neighbours.

My neighbour's builders wake me up at 6.30am with their banging and drilling. What should I do?

  • First, try to discuss your concerns with your neighbours or, failing that, the developer directly. You may wish to point out the approved hours of working.

  • If no improvement occurs start recording instances of any noise, outside the approved hours of working, on a nuisance recording sheet.

  • Register your complaint using our online noise reporting form where you can upload a copy of your completed nuisance record sheet.

  • We will then investigate your complaint. This could result in a notice being served on the builder requiring that the approved hours are adhered to. If breaches of the notice are confirmed the builder could be prosecuted for non-compliance with the statutory notice.

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