Building Site Noise
Building sites are often a cause of significant short term
nuisance, some of which may be unavoidable. Often the contractors
and Local Authority working together can reach agreement to
minimise the effect on the local community.
If you consider noise from a construction site to be unreasonable
or unnecessary, try visiting the site office and speaking to the
Site Manager. The contractor is almost certainly not aware they are
causing a problem. Be prepared to offer a compromise.
If you are unable to do this contact the Environmental Health Unit,
giving details of the problem noise, how it affects you, the times
of the problem, and the source (if you know it). This is important
as the noise may not be occurring when we visit. You must also
provide your own details.
Typical noise problems on construction sites
- Delivery and Operating Times: the usual
arrangements are 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday. 8am – 1pm Saturdays;
no noisy work on Sundays or Bank Holidays (unless by prior
- Generators and Fixed Noisy Plant – most often
controlled by considerate siting, silencing or
- Moving Vehicles – best controlled by choice of
site layout and traffic routes (if possible), the use of
- Reversing Alarms – can be avoided by
substitution with alternative, quiet safety measures, and employing
traffic management that minimises reversing.
- Radios – the Site Manager may agree to ban
radios from certain parts of the site, and ensure they are not
Contractors will be encouraged to advise local
residents of the timing of and need for any particularly noisy work
which cannot be otherwise controlled. Examples would include piling
or night-time work on the highway.
Where informal agreements cannot be reached or agreed to, the
Environmental Health Unit may set boundary noise limits or specify
other control measures which will be incorporated into a Legal
Notice. Enforcement action can be taken if this is not complied
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