The control of noise on construction sites is determined by the local authority in question. The local authority will serve notice that stipulates the manner in which noise is to be controlled on construction sites, if prior approval or consent has not previously been sought. Typically noisy works are allowed through the London boroughs between the hours of 08:00am and 17:00pm Monday to Friday and 08:00am and 13:00pm Saturdays, no noisy work is permitted on Sundays or Public Holidays.
This is a generalisation only and does not reflect the requirements held by every project. Such considerations are given attention during the planning phase of a construction project. This aspect of a construction project is governed by the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
A person served Notice under Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 may appeal such notice within 21 days of its service at the Magistrates Court, that person must comply with such notice and ensure that their agents comply with such notice.
Application for consent under Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 may be made to the Local Authority, the applicant will be responsible for ensuring all conditions to the consent are met.
Health and Safety
The maximum level to which an operative can be exposed to noise is 87 decibels taking into consideration any personal protective equipment or hearing protection. Employers must provide hearing protection to their employees once noise levels reach 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) and a risk assessment must be made at 80 decibels.
Employers are still responsible for the health and safety of persons whom are self-employed, that is persons whom are self employed or part of other companies.