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Environmental Issues

We often receive complaints about disturbance caused by construction and demolition work in residential areas.

Contractors and sub-contractors should:

  • give neighbours at least 48 hours’ notice

  • provide on-site parking wherever possible

  • take care to avoid any damage to your neighbours’ property

  • keep paths and roads clean and tidy

  • prevent noise and dust from causing nuisance as much as possible

  • not allow radios on site if they will disturb neighbours

  • ensure that particularly noisy work is carried out within ‘reasonable hours of work’.

Reasonable hours of work are:

  • 7am-7pm Monday to Friday

  • 7am-1.30pm Saturdays

There should be no noisy works on Sundays or bank holidays.

Further information can be found in our Advice to Householders and Contractors: Construction and Demolition Work [PDF, 95Kb] [PDF, 95KB]


You are legally required to notify us if you are planning to demolish a building.

Information on demolitions, dangerous structures and enforcement is available on the 3C Building Control website.

You can give notice of intention to carry out demolition by completing the online form below:

Submit Notice of Intention to Carry Out Demolition

In some cases you may need planning permission to demolish a building, so you should check with the planning department for advice about the possible need for planning permission. You will need permission to demolish listed buildings and buildings in conversation areas.