Construction work is defined by the regulations as the construction, erection, installation, alteration, repair, maintenance, cleaning, painting, renewal, removal, excavation, dismantling or demolition of, or addition to any building or structure. Construction work that creates noise on a building site can be carried out between Monday and Saturday (excluding Public Holidays) from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm provided:
- The equipment is the quietest reasonably available; and
- Construction work adheres to the Australian Standard 2436 (AS 2436, Guide to noise and vibration control on construction, demolition and maintenance sites). To purchase a copy of AS 2436, visit www.saiglobal.com, go to the 'Store' section, and search on 'AS 2436'.
Approval from the Town may be obtained in special circumstances to emit noise outside these times. This is usually for cases where it is impracticable to undertake the construction work during normal hours e.g. railway track works, road works on a major road. In these situations, a noise management plan must be lodged with the Town and it is usual for the Town to require that affected residents be notified of the works beforehand.
For construction work conducted on a Sunday or Public Holiday, builders are required to have an approved noise management plan. This includes details on how the work will be done and complaints resolution.
Please note that construction work may be carried out at any time if it is not emitting any noise. For example, a painter using a brush or roller would not emit any noise and therefore does not need to be restricted to the above times. Please note that this regulation only relates to noise and does not restrict workers arriving on site prior to 7am.