Construction sites

Construction sites

Noise restrictions apply

The construction industry can be noisy but developers must take ‘feasible’ and ‘reasonable’ work practices measures to minimise noise from construction sites.

Noise restrictions are set out in a code of practice and only apply for the city centre. Developers must hire a qualified acoustic consultant to state how they will comply with noise restrictions as part of the DA (development application) process.

All potentially noisy work in the city centre must be carried out between 7am and 7pm on weekdays and 7am and 5pm on Saturdays. Construction in all other parts of the local area must take place between 7.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday. In certain instances, these hours may be modified where the contractor has consulted the City.

When noise conditions are exceeded

If a development can’t proceed within the code’s noise criteria, the City of Sydney can restrict the use of the equipment through conditions of development consent and developers may need to take breaks to give those living and working nearby some respite. The City may restrict times when the equipment can and can’t be used within the development consent.

If a neighbour complains, further respite periods may be negotiated or compromised for quitter equipment to be used to protect affected residents.

The developer must have a procedure in place to deal with complaints, so concerns can be investigated and resolved whenever they are raised. Contact details for a suitable, readily available representative must be displayed at the site and neighbouring properties.

The developer needs to keep a log detailing noise complaints and any action taken. This information can be requested by the City’s environmental health officers as part of an investigation into noise complaints.

If you require further information please refer to the fact sheet and code of practice available for download below, or please contact us if a developer or contractor is not responding or properly dealing with complaints.


City of Sydney02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 29 December 2014