Building work noise | Brisbane City Council

Building work noise

This information applies to building work noise from builders and contractors working on building sites in the Brisbane City Council area.

Audible noise

Council may fine a person carrying out building work if it can be heard at premises during the following times:

  • 6.30pm to 6.30am Monday to Saturday
  • any time on Sunday or public holidays (normal Saturday restrictions apply for Saturday public holidays).

Some activities and equipment operating within the prescribed times may be considered a nuisance when assessed against certain noise criteria. Council may issue the responsible person a Direction Notice.


A person or company must comply with the development condition if it is inconsistent with a noise level detailed in the Environmental Protection Act 1994. In some cases, they may need to comply with requirements imposed by the development condition and the times outlined above.

These noise restrictions may not apply if Council has issued approval for specific equipment or activities as part of a development approval.

Ways to reduce noise

There are a number of ways to reduce building noise:

  • limit work hours
  • select quieter or alternative equipment
  • carry out work as far away as possible from neighbours and sensitive areas (e.g. bedroom windows)
  • erect a solid fence or barrier
  • install an acoustic enclosure for fixed equipment (e.g. compressors or vacuum equipment)
  • regularly service equipment
  • modify equipment (discuss with the manufacturer or installer).

Prior to conducting noisy work, inform nearby residents. This would include work such as jackhammering, concrete cutting and pouring concrete. A sign onsite or distribution of leaflets explaining the hours and duration of operation may help prevent complaints.

How to lodge a complaint

Council needs to attend the site and affected address to conduct a nuisance or outside allowable hours noise investigation.

Report complaints by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888 to ensure a prompt response.

12 March 2019