Building work noise | Brisbane City Council

Building work noise

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

Audible noise

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

Time Day Note

6.30pm to 6.30am

Monday to Saturday

No audible noise allowed

Any time

Sunday or public holiday

If a Public Holiday falls on a Saturday then normal Saturday restrictions apply

In some circumstances, activities and equipment operating within the prescribed 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.


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 times outlined above.

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

If building noise is causing a nuisance and is outside allowable hours, Council will need to attend the site and affected address to conduct an investigation.

Council urges customers to report these complaints by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888 to ensure a prompt response can be made.

02 November 2018