Noise nuisance

Construction work noise

Noisy construction work

A certain amount of noise is expected in most types of construction work which can rarely be completely prevented.

However, noise from construction sites can be very disturbing. If necessary we can serve a notice imposing requirements as to how construction works should be carried out so as to minimise noise and disturbance. Failure to comply with the requirements of a notice can lead to a fine of up to £20,000.

Generally, the acceptable hours for noisy work within the district are:

  • Monday to Friday - 7:30am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday - No noisy work
  • Public and Bank Holidays - No noisy work

Developers must also demonstrate that they use best practicable means to keep noise to a minimum. Operations outside of these hours may, however, be agreed by us if it can be demonstrated that the works cannot be carried out at any other time and that items of plant and equipment are operated and maintained so that their use causes the minimum amount of noise.

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Sometimes, emergency works have to be undertaken eg a burst water main. In such circumstances the normal daytime hours of operation would not apply. The work would be undertaken as soon as possible, which if undertaken at night may cause some disturbance.

Also, works on main roads would normally be undertaken outside peak times in order to minimise traffic congestion. Therefore evening and night-time working may be permitted. Noise would however be kept to as low a level as reasonably practicable.

Getting consent for construction work

Contractors planning to undertake construction and demolition work can consult us before proceeding, and through making an application for prior consent can ask them to make their requirements known.

It is preferable that contractors apply for prior consent rather than face the prospect of a notice being served after they have commenced work, the effect of which may seriously interfere with their planned work programme.