Building work or Do-it-yourself activities can create a lot of noise or vibration that can affect a large number of local residents, and results in many complaints per year.  We appreciate that people often have work or other commitments during the day and so the only chance they have to do building or DIY works may be in the evening and at weekends. However, this work must be done at reasonable times and should not cause nuisance to neighbours.

We strongly recommend that noisy building or DIY work is only done between Mon – Fri 8am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm, unless you have agreed other times with your neighbours.

Complaints about noisy works

Where we receive a complaint about noisy works we will contact the complainant in order to get details about the nature of the complaint including the times work are being carried out, the nature and frequency of works, and the type of tools being used etc. If we consider the works could be causing a nuisance we will request that steps be taken to eliminate the nuisance. 

Where our requests are ignored we can take formal action (service of notice) against the owner/occupier requiring action to abate the nuisance. If this notice is ignored the person served with the notice can be prosecuted and be fined.

If you are in any doubt about the noise being made please check this with our environmental health team:

Tel: 01444-477292


Last updated: 21 August 2023