Noise Control Advice - Construction Sites

A certain amount of noise is normal in most types of construction and building operations, which can rarely be completely prevented. However, noise from construction sites can be very disturbing. 

Acceptable times

Generally, acceptable hours for noisy work are considered as:

  • Monday to Friday - 07:30-17:30
  • Saturdays - 07:30-13:00

No noisy work will normally be permitted on Sundays and bank holidays. 


We may agree for work to happen outside these times if:

  • A developer can show us they can't carry them out at these times and they are taking steps to keep noise to a minimum
  • The work is of an emergency nature and has to be done as soon as possible (e.g. burst water main)
  • The work is on a main road taking place outside peak times to avoid congestion

What action we can take

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 notice can lead to a fine of up to £20,000.

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