Building Noise

"Councils can serve a notice on people carrying out construction or demolition works & tell them how the work should be carried out to avoid a potential statutory noise nuisance.

The notice can specify: a noise level, the plant or machinery that can be used, the hours when work can be done, & steps that need to be taken to minimise noise.

Those failing to comply can be prosecuted & fined. People can apply for consent & must include details of: the work, how it will be carried out, & what steps will be taken to minimise the noise. The council must give consent for the work if it’s satisfied that: the application contains enough information, & it won’t need to serve a notice to control noise" [1]


As building work can be noisy and disruptive to neighbours and anyone in close proximity, various regulations have been imposed with regard to the noise, and when builders are allowed to work. Permitted building noise (which is classed as noise which can be heard at the boundary of a building site), is set by local authorities in accordance with the 1974 Control of Pollution Act.


Standard Times For Carrying Out Building Work


·  Mondays to Fridays between 8am and 6pm


·  Saturdays between 8am and 1pm


·  Sundays and Bank Holidays only work which does not involve noise is permitted


Note: these times can vary according to your local authority, so it is important to check the current regulations with your local council. Moreover, there are some cases in which these regulations can be changed. For example, where planning permission is required, the permissions may include certain guidance on when work can be conducted. This is because carrying out work at the standard times, could for example, cause disturbance to local businesses.


Contractors who do not abide by the regulations could be subject to face huge fines in the tens of thousands of pounds. To that end, all parties can benefit by trying to negate noise problems before they happen. It is wise to give an overview of the project schedule to your neighbours. This should include the proposed dates and hours that work will be carried out.





[1]. (2017). "Noise nuisances: how councils deal with complaints."