Restricted hours for noisy building works

The Control of Pollution Act 1974 gives the Royal Borough of Greenwich's environmental health department special powers to control noise on construction and demolition sites. Working hours can be restricted and conditions enforced on the machinery being used.

Avoiding problems caused by building work

Give neighbours advance warning of any work being carried out and let them know how long it will last.

Legal responsibilities

Professional building firms must follow the relevant codes of practice.

Download building noise codes

Restricted hours

General construction work should be restricted to the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
  • Saturdays 8am to 1pm
  • Noisy work is prohibited on Sundays and bank holidays

Noisy activities

Examples of noisy activities include:

  • Using hand tools - hammers and saws
  • Using power tools - hand-held tools including drills, saws and sanders
  • Using plant equipment - such as Kango hammers, pneumatic hammers, cement mixers, large power saws, planers, compressors and generators
  • Pile driving
  • Erecting and dismantling of scaffolding
  • Partition walls - can produce high levels of noise for neighbours

Report a noise nuisance