Construction or demolition noise

Construction and demolition noise

Construction or demolition activities are inherently noisy. It is impossible to have a completely silent building site, but it is usually possible to reduce the noise to an acceptable level and also ensure noisy work is not undertaken at unreasonable times (evenings and weekends).

What we will do

Where we receive a complaint about construction or demolition noise from a building site we will contact the complainant in order to get details about the nature of the complaint, including type of noise, time work being undertaken etc. If we consider the noise is not reasonable or is being undertaken at an unreasonable time we will visit the site and request steps be taken to reduce or eliminate the problem. Normally we would not allow noisy work to be undertaken outside the following times: Monday - Friday 8.00am - 6pm, Saturday 8.00am - 1pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays - no noisy operations. There are exceptions to this general rule such as emergency works.
Where our requests are ignored we can take formal action (service of notice) against the person or company undertaking the noisy work, requiring action to abate the noise nuisance. If this notice is ignored the person or company served with the notice will be prosecuted and can be fined up to £5000 plus £50 for every day the offence continues.

Further information

The control of pollution and noise from demolition and construction sites - code of practice (June 2007) gives advice to developers and contractors  to make sure they carry out works to reduce the impact of the work to local residents.