A peaceful and tranquil home is what most of us aspire to have everyday. Residential areas are designed to provide us homeowners with a sense of privacy and security within our living spaces.
However, from time to time, there’s still that occasional residential noise that becomes especially bothersome when home constructions, renovations or repairs are taking place. And while some people might think that noise is virtually harmless, studies suggest that constant exposure to noise actually takes a toll on our health and wellbeing.
But what can be considered as construction noise anyway? These are excessive noises created during construction activities, which may include but are not limited to:
- Demolition, site preparation, or maintenance work
- Vehicle noises (e.g. trucks, concrete mixer)
- Carpentry, use of power tools and other goings-on in the construction site
While construction necessitates robust work, there are laws that regulate noise levels. The Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations 2008 prohibits unreasonable noise around residential areas during specific times of the day, and automatically considers it an offense if the construction sounds are already audible inside neighboring premises during the prohibited times. Policies on the prohibited times for construction noise depend on which state you are located, outlined below:
- New South Wales – Loud construction is prohibited before 7 AM and after 8 PM from Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, it is prohibited before 8 AM and after 8 PM.
- Australian Capital Territory – Unreasonable noise is forbidden before 7 AM and after 10 PM daily.
- Queensland – The period is before 7 AM and after 8 PM during weekdays, and before 9 AM and after 8 PM on weekends or public holidays.
- Victoria – Construction noise is prohibited before 7 AM and after 8 PM Mondays to Fridays. On weekends and public holidays, it is before 9 AM and after 8 PM.
- South Australia – From Mondays to Saturdays the restricted period is before 8 AM and after 8 PM, while on Sundays it is before 9 AM and after 8 PM.
- Tasmania – Noise restrictions during weekdays are before 7 AM and after 6 PM. During Saturdays, it is before 9 AM and after 6 PM, and on Sundays or public holidays it is before 10 AM and after 6 PM.
- Western Australia – The period observed is before 7 AM and after 7 PM from Mondays to Saturdays, and before 9 AM and after 7 PM during Sundays or public holidays.
- Northern Territory – From Mondays to Saturdays it is before 7 AM and after 7 PM, and on Sundays or public holidays, it is before 9 AM and after 6 PM.
It is important to take note of these regulations and find a collaborative way to reduce noise in residential spaces. The key is for builders and residents to always strike a balance between working on construction projects and maintaining peaceful home surroundings.