Construction noise

Construction and demolition work can only be carried out within specified hours or with permission from the council. Construction noise is considered to be a nuisance outside of these hours:

  • Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday - 9am to 2pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays - all day

If you wish to carry out noisy work outside of normal working hours (particularly on Sundays, evenings or early mornings), you must get permission from Southwark’s Environmental Protection Team one month before you plan to work outside of standard construction hours. If its an over-run on the day due to an emergency situation contact the Noise & Nuisance Team by phone for a verbal permission.

Apply to carry out construction works out of hours

Construction noise includes all work undertaken by electricity, gas and water companies as well as our own council departments.

If you are being disturbed by construction work outside of standard construction hours, report it to us as soon as possible.

Technical Guidance for Demolition and Construction

Excessive noise and vibration can cause significant disturbance and health impacts, destroy residential amenity and cause considerable inconvenience to neighbour. In some circumstances vibration can cause building damage.

Continuous day to day works and use of machinery on site, coupled with numerous vehicle movements to and from site, can result in demolition and construction sites emitting high volumes of dust and emissions to atmosphere. Construction is a significant source of particulates (PM10/PM2.5) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution.

Southwark council recognises the on-going importance of both revitalising the Borough and ensuring that quality of life is maintained, so that residents and businesses are protected from the environmental impacts of demolition and construction.

For detailed guidance to undertaking works in the borough please review our technical guidance for demolition construction (pdf, 1.4mb). Adherence to this guidance will demonstrate a positive commitment to minimising environmental impact and will be a principal means for the assessment of Best Practicable Means (BPM) compliance by the council.

Last updated: 03 May 2017