This page is for contractors, developers, architects, utilities and others who are undertaking building works in Westminster.
The 24 hour noise team responds to all complaints of noise, dust and smoke from building sites within 45 minutes of receipt of the complaint.
The council sets times during which works can be carried out and the methods of work to be used. Contractors can apply for prior approval for their works by completing a section 61 application.
|Monday to Friday||8am to 6pm|
|Saturday||8am to 1pm|
|Sunday and bank holidays||No working|
Contractors that undertake noisy work outside of these hours may be prosecuted and fined. These times apply to any work which is audible at the site boundary.
In exceptional circumstances (eg in the case of police traffic restrictions or in an emergency) work outside these hours may be unavoidable. In such cases the person responsible should contact the noise team to let them know as far in advance as possible. You are also advised to notify surrounding residents and businesses.
Businesses are sometimes disrupted by noisy, drawn-out building work, such as demolition. It is normal for office managers to approach building site managers and negotiate some respite from the noise during the working day. In extreme cases where negotiations have failed, the council may impose restrictions on the times that the noisiest works, such as pneumatic drilling, can take place. It is important to balance the needs of business against the needs of the building site, and each case will be looked at on its own merits.
These rules apply to:
The council will take action against any person contravening the requirements of a notice served upon them and, where a serious nuisance occurs, will take proceedings in the High Court for an injunction.
All efforts must be made to minimise noise according to British Standard guidance (BS 5228-1:2009, as amended by Amendment No.1 and BS 5228-2:2009, as amended by Amendment No.1). For example:
The council can impose requirements to prevent or reduce nuisance from dust and smoke. Dust should be controlled by a continuous fine water spray. The perimeter of the site should be screened to a sufficient height to prevent the spread of dust.
Bonfires are not permitted. Materials infected by dry rot or woodworm should be removed from the site in sealed containers and taken to a licensed disposal point.
For more information contact the Environmental Services Association.
In the interests of good public relations, you are advised to inform and consult local residents regarding works. You should also provide the name of person on site who will be able to deal with queries.
If you have any queries about these matters, need advice about a specific site or wish to apply for formal approval for works on construction sites please contact the noise team.