Construction sites

Construction sites

Noise restrictions apply

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

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

All potentially noisy work in the city centre must be carried out from 7am to 7pm on weekdays and 7am to 5pm on Saturdays. Construction in all other parts of the local area must take place from 7.30am to 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 under 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 quieter 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, or please contact us if a developer or contractor is not responding or properly dealing with complaints.

To keep improving our city, we're reviewing the code and plan to update it in the future.


If you have any questions about the code, or an issue with construction noise, please contact:

City of Sydney02 9265 9333

Last updated: Friday, 13 December 2019