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Find new guidance on the extension of construction site working hours



When construction work can take place

There is no law that sets out specific times for construction work. 

Where there are nearby residential properties, we advise that noisy work should be limited to:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 9am to 1pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays, no work

Contractors that do noisy work outside of these hours may be prosecuted and fined. These times only apply to work which you can hear at the edge of the site.

Sometimes work has to happen outside these hours. This would normally only be emergency work to restore services, or where there are safety concerns about working during the day, like on train tracks.

Where possible, the person responsible should contact the noise team to let them know as far in advance as possible. You should also notify surrounding residents and businesses.

These times do not apply to DIY, but we can still investigate noise from DIY and would ask you to think about your neighbours. 

Apply for prior consent for construction work

Contractors can apply for prior consent for their works. This allows us to agree times and methods of work with the contractor.

If the contractor follows the agreement, it usually prevents any legal action about noise from work.

To apply for prior consent for construction work, please fill in an application form and send it in an email to Or you can phone 01273 294 266 for more information.

Reduce the risk of complaints

You should inform and consult local residents about work. You should also give the name of a person on site who will be able to deal with any questions.