Noise pollution

Construction work noise

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 / 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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