Noise from construction and demolition

Construction sites are often located near existing residential accommodation and can be noisy.

Noise complaints are typically received when work starts early or finishes late or if it takes place on a Saturday afternoon, Sunday or bank holiday.

In Trafford the recommended hours of operation for construction and demolition works are:

  • Monday - Friday: Start 7:30am and finish at 6pm. Please note that works and activities likely to be audible outside of the site boundary should not commence until 8:00am.
  • Saturday: Start 9am and Finish at 1pm.
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: No work permitted.

Exceptions to the above hours are considered on their merits such as emergencies and essential works that cannot be carried out at any other time. If you are a contractor and require advice please email your proposals to noise@trafford.gov.uk including site location and description of the works.

General advice which can reduce the likelihood of complaints being made to the Council includes:

  • Give the Council at least six weeks notice of construction work prior to commencement.
  • Employ best practicable means to reduce noise and vibration from your site.
  • Send a letter to the neighbours before the work starts, telling them about the work and what to expect.
  • Give the neighbours a contact name and telephone number and keep them informed of the progress of your works.
  • Respond and deal properly with complaints received on site.

If you are intending to carry out construction works please notify us.

What can I do?

If you are being bothered by noise from a demolition or construction site you may report your concerns to our noise team. Please keep a noise diary of incidents.

If you are a householder doing some or all of the work yourself, avoid causing any noise in the evenings or on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

What we will do

We can investigate complaints made concerning noise from demolition and construction sites. We will assess the type of noise being reported and the alleged impacts.

If noise impacts are deemed to be unreasonable and cannot be resolved by informal means, we can take action under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 or the Environmental Protection Act 1990.We can require the contractor to take remedial action and this may include restricting the hours of work and adopting suitable noise mitigation.