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We try to ensure that noisy building work is restricted to these hours:
It is in everyone’s interest to try to foresee any problems, which could arise and plan ways to avoid them. Contractors should obtain a copy of British Standard 5228 which is a Code of Practice containing information and procedures for noise control on construction and open sites. Copies can be obtained from HMSO or via any good bookshop.
If you require our help please contact us.
We will advise you of the reference number of your report, which you should quote if you contact us again about this matter.
Contractors and Sub-Contractors should bear in mind that the Council has extensive powers to control noise and other nuisance from building sites under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990 if informal action fails to solve any problems. This can involve prescribing working hours and methods.
Sections 60 and 61 of The Control of Pollution Act 1974 enable the Council to impose conditions on the way in which work is carried out on construction sites in order to limit the noise impact on surrounding dwellings.
If, however, operators fail to adhere to the agreed times then enforcement powers may be used to enforce the necessary restrictions. A failure to comply can lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000.
Site operators can apply to the Borough Council to obtain consent to operate such equipment outside these hours. Consent will not normally be given without good reason and it is the responsibility of the contractors to organise their work accordingly.
All sites are different but there are some guidelines below that may be adapted to suit most conditions and cover the main issues that from experience often lead to complaints.
For major construction programmes or if you would like further advice please contact us.
In addition this Authority wishes to draw developers/contractors attention to the Considerate Contactors Scheme. This is a voluntary Code of Practice, driven by the construction industry, which seeks to:-
For further information contact:-
Considerate Constructors Scheme, PO Box 75, Ware. SG12 9LN Tel 0800 783 1423
What happens if the construction site next to my home works on Sundays or in the evenings?
If you are adversely effected by noise you can make a complaint about the working hours, this can be investigated to determine whether the cause of your complaint is causing a statutory nuisance, if determined an abatement notice can be served to remedy the situation. Alternatively, the Borough can serve notice under the Control Of Pollution Act setting restrictions for the development site. Should either of these notices be breached, formal legal action may be taken.
What happens if I find the noise disturbing during the daytime period?
Construction and demolition works can be inherently noisy activities and it is acknowledged that some works have to be completed, however the Environmental Protection Team will asses their work methods and equipment on site to ensure that the work is being completed in an appropriate manner.