Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Construction site nuisances

Construction site nuisances

If you carry out work at a building site your activities could cause a nuisance. If they do, your local council could serve you with an abatement notice and you could be fined if you don't comply. You should limit the ways your site could cause potential nuisances.

What you must do

If your building site activities cause a nuisance, your local council can restrict the:

  • type of plant or machinery you use and the activities you can undertake
  • hours when you can work
  • levels of noise, artificial lighting or dust.

If you do not comply with these restrictions your local council can stop your operations and you could also be fined.

Consent for construction works

If you are planning construction work and know that it is likely to cause a nuisance, you can apply formally for prior consent from your local council, or discuss what restrictions they would impose, if they need to, later on.

Your local council will outline restrictions on possible nuisances before the work starts. You can apply for this consent at the same time as seeking approval under building regulations. This may save you time later on.

Further information

Construction and building trades on NetRegs

Considerate Constructors website

In this Guideline

Types of nuisance

Good practice to avoid causing nuisance

Noise and vibration nuisances

Odour, dust and smoke nuisances

Litter nuisances

Artificial light nuisance

Construction site nuisances

Environmental legislation for nuisances

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