Building work noise

This information applies to builders and contractors working on building sites.

Noise limits

If noise from building work can be heard at a premises at the following times, the person carrying out the building work may be issued with a fine.

Permitted building work noise levels

Time Day Noise limit

6.30pm to 6.30am

Monday to Saturday

No noise allowed

Any time

Sunday or public holiday

No noise allowed

In some circumstances, activities and equipment operating within the prescribed levels and times may still be deemed a nuisance when assessed against certain noise criteria.  In this situation the responsible person may be issued a Direction Notice.

Exemptions

If a development condition is inconsistent with a noise level detailed in the Environmental Protection Act 1994 the person/company must comply with the development condition. In some cases you may need to comply with requirements imposed by the development condition and the noise levels detailed in the table.

These noise limits do not apply if Council has issued an approval for specific equipment or activities under a local law and conditions regarding noise have been placed on the approval.  

Ways to reduce noise

To help reduce building noise, you can:

  • limit work hours
  • select quieter equipment or use alternatives
  • carry out work as far away as possible from neighbours and away from sensitive areas such as bedroom windows
  • regularly service your equipment - lack of maintenance can cause higher noise levels
  • erect a solid fence or barrier
  • install an acoustic enclosure for fixed equipment such as compressors or vacuum equipment
  • modify equipment - discuss this option with the manufacturer or installer

If noisy work is planned, such as jack hammering, concrete cutting and pouring, discuss this with nearby residents beforehand. A sign on site or distribution of leaflets explaining the hours and duration of operation may help prevent complaints.

How to lodge a complaint

Find out how to lodge a complaint about a nuisance issue.