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What time are construction workers legally allowed to start making noise in the morning in a residential area?

Am I within my rights to complain about construction work being carried out opposite my house? They are starting at 7 o'clock in the morning and it is very loud. Any advice would be grateful!

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  • Cj
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    I think 7 am is allowed, and not later than 11.00pm at night.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If there are summertime heat concerns a crew may show up at 6:30 to set up equipment and get ready for the job because they may only be able to work till noon or 1 when the heat becomes a danger to workers. You can check the city ordinances in your city but most likely if they are starting to make noise at 7 then they must have the legal right to do so.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Q: What time can companies start work on a morning and finish in the evening?

    A: There may be planning restrictions on starting times. If not, there are no fixed rules governing starting times if early morning starts or late finishing is causing a problem,send details to your local envoironmental noise officer but the noise must not exceed the maximum noise levels permitted.

    Taken from the noise abatement site at

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  • 1 decade ago

    Most Councils have strict guidelines for construction work. Most councils follow the same rules. Monday - Friday 8.30am till 6pm and Saturday 8.30am till 1pm. No work on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. If it is DIY then you have to ask the neighbour to show a bit of common courtesy. If it goes on too long or late then you can call the council noise and pollution department and they can tell them to stop work. If it is a private building site then inform the council's planning department that they are working out of hours. First ring - find out who the name of the planning agent dealing with that site, speak to them and then write to them reiterating everything you have said. Make a diary of who does what and when. The more information you can give the better.

    Hope this helps.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The environmental health will tell you the hours allowed for making any form of noise are between 7 am and 11 pm, yes it is so annoying when they start so early on in a morning but its the law.

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  • Leo L
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Local ordinances vary. Call the business line of your local police department(not911). I'd suggest going over, in person, and asking them nicely, even if the law is on your side. Maybe they don't realize how much the sound is carrying. If they are within their rights, they might still be able to do less noisy stuff early and louder stuff a little later.

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  • nert
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    It's 7am until 8pm in this district. However, if you're suffering from it the local council noise police will come and take a decibel reading. Get together with your neighbours and complain if it's exceptionally loud.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Check with your local law enforcement agency. I work for a contractor and different cities have different time constraints. Most are 8 am to 7 pm

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is unreasonable for your neighbour's construction workers to start before 08.00am. Either lodge formal complaint with builders or more usefully their employer or lodge formal written complaint to local Council's Environmental Health Officer - they have powers to limit both the sound level itself and or the time of starting and ending

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  • 1 decade ago

    by rights they have to go through the council and then send pamphlets out to the surrounding area 9 am but with authorisation you can start as early as 7 am depending on the dwelling of the area

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You'll have to check your local noise ordinance laws, but I'll say that 7am sounds reasonable considering that the sun is up. I know some people work 2nd or 3rd shift and don't want to hear that noise that early though.

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