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Council to relax rules around construction noise

Published: 23 April 2020

As New Zealand moves to level 3 of lockdown next week, Auckland Council is temporarily relaxing the rules around construction noise in the region.

“Construction can recommence once we move to level 3 but will need to include additional COVID-19 precautions,” Auckland Council’s Regulatory Compliance Manager Steve Pearce says.

With new level 3 rules coming into effect from 11.59pm on Monday, strict hygiene and physical distancing measures must be put in place for all businesses.

“This will cause issues with some trades where they ordinarily work side by side with other trades, however, one recommended solution would be to allow for the operation of split or alternative shifts.”

Steve says in order to help support the building industry “get back on its feet again”, the council is relaxing the rules around construction noise.

The standard construction hours are normally from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, but for four weeks (starting from the move to level 3) the hours will be extended.

“We are relaxing these to allow work to continue through until 8pm Monday to Friday and to also work 9am to 4pm on Sundays.”

Some sites may apply for longer construction hours if they can demonstrate that they’ll be able to manage the site and keep noise to a minimum.

Building sites should try and schedule only quieter work outside the standard construction hours, he says.

“Noise control will be operating, and all sites will need to manage noise to ensure it isn’t excessive.

“Talk to neighbours and let them know what hours your site will be working and who they can call on site if the noise is too much… this will help reduce frustrations on both sides of the fence.”

If noise control have to issue an Excessive Noise Direction is issued it will require the site to remain quiet for 72 hours.

For further information on the transition to Alert Level 3 or to view our construction noise rules relaxation document visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or contact the council call centre on 09 301 0101.

Alert level 3 will be held for two weeks and then Cabinet will assess whether to move down another level.

Visit covid19.govt.nz for up to date COVID-19 information. 

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