After a tough few months, the Easter bank holiday is a welcome reprieve – think a lie-in, chocolate Easter eggs and a long weekend.
Many of us do use bank holidays as an excuse to tackle odd jobs, DIY projects and other tasks we are normally too busy or tired to do.
But does that mean people can have builders and contractors around to do noisy works on bank holidays?
Can builders work on bank holidays?
Builders and other contractors cannot carry out noisy works on bank holidays – which might be welcome news for those wanting a quieter, peaceful bank holiday.
Noisy work is prohibited on Sundays and bank holidays.
What time can builders usually start working?
The power to decide when noisy work can take place rests with the local authority, under the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
Though it can vary by location, the standard hours where building work can take place are:
- Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm.
- Saturdays: 8am to 1pm.
Noise-related work taking place outside these hours will generally only be permitted if the contractor can make a case that it is necessary on the grounds of health and safety.
Different hours might also apply in areas where noise or vibration during normal working hours would be disruptive, such as business districts.
You should check with your local council to see if your area has different hours.
Who can I complain to about noise?
If you think a building company has broken the standard working hours, you can complain to the council.
If the noise continues and any conditions set by the council are broken, fines can be up to £20,000 for each offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In Scotland, fines for offences on industrial, trade or business premises can go up to £40,000.
You can also get in touch with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded to raise standards in the construction industry.
The CCS monitors professional bodies in the industry to determine activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole.
It works by monitoring registered sites, companies and suppliers by displaying of posters around the construction site, promoting registration with the Scheme.
If a professional company is flouting regular hours, the CSS would monitor them and help advise on action.
It’s important to note that this only applies to contracted builders – aka professionals. If you have a neighbour making plenty of noise doing DIY, you should take it up with them or your local council.
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Author: Jack Slater